Malaysia detains 116 Indians, Lankans
Malaysian immigration officials on Tuesday discovered a major human
trafficking syndicate when authorities detained 116 Indian and Sri
Lankan citizens believed to be heading for Indonesia en route to
Australia, official news reports said.
The men and women, aged between seven months and 50 years were
staying at an apartment in the Southern State of Johor, said State
immigration deputy director Muhammad Ali Abdullah."More than 20 rooms
were occupied by the foreigners, believed to be rented by smuggling
agents. It is believed that three of the agents were also living at the
place but they escaped during the raid," Muhammad Ali said. Some of the
foreigners had entered the country a month ago and had been living in
the apartment awaiting their journey to Australia, via Indonesia, he
said. All of the detainees were sent to an illegal immigrant detention
centre in the State pending investigations, the report said.