KUALA LUMPUR: She was a 28-year-old “mummy” to two dozen foreign women, running a thriving sex business.

As “mummy,” she was in charge of managing them.

“The women would work from 11am until 4am at a hotel. Clients were charged RM240 to book a woman for sex,” said Immigration department director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

“Those who were sick would be placed at a condominium under the care of the ‘mummy’. They were confined there until they recovered,” he said in a statement.

The hanky-panky came to an end at about 5pm last Friday when Ops Gegar was conducted by 21 immigration officers.

A total of 27 people, including 25 foreign women believed to be prostitutes, were detained following raids at a condominium and a hotel in Puchong.

One of the foreign women detained at the condo was suspected to be the “mummy”, or “madam” in the typical parlance of the sex industry.

Khairul Dzaimee said that initial investigations found that the foreign women would dress like locals to attract clients.

“Customers interested in getting the syndicate’s services would communicate with them via WhatsApp.

“They would then be given a codeword to enter the premises,” he added.

He said during the raid, items such as condoms, lubricants and a logbook recording workers’ attendance and list of customers were seized, besides cash totalling RM9,325.

The foreign women who were arrested comprised 20 Indonesians, three Thais and two Vietnamese aged between 18 and 47.

“We also detained two Malaysian men, who were the caretakers of the premises,” he said.

He added that the condominium was also used as a transit point for women who had just arrived from Indonesia or Thailand before they were sent to the hotel to work as prostitutes.

“We believe the syndicate has been operating for almost two years.

“The foreign women entered Malaysia using social visit passes,” he said.

He added that the department would tighten security at the country’s borders and perform more stringent checks on incoming tourists’ travel documents.