Malaysian nationals detained in Perth, facing deportation, for allegedly exploiting foreign workers in sex and agricultural industries
Three Malaysian nationals have been detained in Perth and face deportation after allegedly exploiting foreign workers in the sex and agricultural industries.
Australian Border Force officers went to a home in Balga on February 13 to arrest a 25-year-old woman suspected of being ‘a key player’ in a syndicate making ‘significant profits through the exploitation of foreign women in the sex industry’.
Officers said they found approximately 500 phone SIM cards during the search.
The SIMS are suspected of being used to facilitate the buying and selling of sexual services in locations across Australia.
The woman’s partner, a 26-year-old man, was also detained and placed in immigration detention.
Both face being removed from Australia.
As part of a separate investigation, Australian Border Force Field Operations officers executed a warrant on a Belmont house on February 12 targeting a 43-year-old man suspected of money laundering related to the exploitation of foreign nationals in the agriculture industry.
His alleged crimes are specifically related to market gardens.
He was placed in immigration detention pending his removal from Australia.
None of the three had a valid Australian visa.
Acting ABF Commander of Field Operations, Sally McAuliffe, said the Australian Border Force would “continue to target criminal syndicates and unscrupulous individuals exploiting vulnerable foreign workers.”
“The individuals we are targeting in this operation are not those that are being exploited but those non-citizens that are facilitating illegal work and migration fraud,” she said.
“We encourage individuals who are being exploited, regardless of visa status, to come forward and provide the ABF with information so we can identify and take action against those involved in these practices.”
Visa holders who do not comply with their conditions due to workplace exploitation will generally not have their visa cancelled, be detained or removed if they come forward and assist with inquiries.
Anyone who is aware of an individual, business or employer who might be facilitating visa fraud or illegal work is urged to contact Border Watch at australia.gov.au/borderwatch
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