KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police rescued 16 people including a man believed to be victims of human trafficking from a massage parlour here.
Sabah CID chief Datuk Salehhudin Abdul Rahman said the victims – 14 women and a man from China and a woman from the Philippines – were rescued during a raid at about 1.40am Friday.
“Police made the move after getting a tip-off and found the victims in a small room beside the parlour’s counter,” he said in a statement.
A 44-year-old local man who was the premise’s caretaker was also brought in to facilitate investigations.
The victims, aged between 22 and 42, will be placed at a temporary shelter home while investigations into the case are conducted.
The case is being investigated under the Anti Trafficking in Persons and Anti Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.