In Miri, northern Sarawak, Malaysia, the Mayor Lawrence Lai has given a stern warning to reflexology centres that their licence will be terminated if they are caught offering sexual services.
This was a reaction to nine female masseuses from China having been arrested and detained after a police raid on a reflexology centre he stated:
“Since there are reported cases involving the police, the city council will not hesitate to cancel the licence of the reflexology centres at fault”
Reflexology centres have become a covert means for prostitution and trafficking to occur across Malaysia. In 2009 three female overseas workers alleged that the owner of a reflexology centre in Bohpal had forced them to take drugs and have sex with clients. The women entered Malaysia as “tourists” having been assured that they could work there but on arrival the owner of the reflexology centre did not process their working permits.
In another case in Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi in May 2010 15 female foreign workers were detained following a raid at a traditional reflexology centre and it was believed that at least eight had been trafficked. and forced into prostitution.
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