Human rights don't exist in South-East Asia. Malaysia has no ombudsman and they refute all HRW reports.
It's not only Malaysia where prostitution is illegal, it's also illegal in Thailand (but now Sonthi told foreigners who come for sex they are no longer welcome), Cambodia nad Vietnam, where many people travel just for the sake of cheap sex.
It would be ridiculous to expect that Malaysian police is actually trying to stop prostitution, since many of clients are 'orang besar' and I've heared politicians especially like ladyboys.
Prostitutes smuggled from Thailand, PRC, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia mostly enter on working permits and tourist passes and then abuse those permits (source: Star). That's how they get into the country.
There is a number of Malaysian women who do this kind of activities as well and they mostly work as "freelancers". Local Chinese girls are more common than Malays and Indians. However, many Malaysian girls are forced into prostitution by their husbands or boyfriends.
I know a case of a Malay girl from Pahang who married a fellow Malay from same town unknowingly he was a drug addict. He sold his wife to a pimp to get money for drugs. The girl was finally rescued but her experience has ruined her life. Some sell their women to settle gambling debts.
Although government-lovers will deny it, bribery is still rather rampant in Malaysia (though much less than in Indonesia or Thailand) and those pimps, I guess, represent a large source of income for chief police inspectors.
Prostitution, howewver, is not the dream profession for most of women and only a few prostitutes go into the business intentionally. Most of them are tricked by their employers or agents who promise them work as maids, factory workers, models, waitresses etc in a foreign country (it's not an endemic problem in Malaysia) and are taken their passports upon arrival and forced into prostitution by beating and raping. That's why the flesh trade has to be stopped.
I'd say according to ethnic composition of pimps, there might be some MCA politicians involved, and of course BN protect each-others back.
Sarawak also faces the same problem and once upon checking into a hotel in Bintulu I was asked by the receptionist "for how many persons?" although I was travelling alone. Not hard to guess why...
I've heared recently that some of Malaysian pimps have adopted Bangkok style of catalogues where you can choose the girl of your preference...
· 1 decade ago