MIRI: Police here have arrested dozens of foot masseuses from China and Indonesia for massaging more than the feet of male clients.
In raids on several foot massage centres during the late night and wee hours over the weekend, many of the so-called professional masseuses were found in the nude with naked men. At one centre, police rounded up nearly 40 people.
The women are now being held for prostitution and the activities of the massage parlours are being probed. The male clients were released after their statements were taken.
A source said the police detained a middle-aged manager at one of the massage centres for questioning. He may be charged with operating a prostitution den.
The raids were carried out following complaints from members of the public who were not aroused by the goings-on in the massage centres.
The foreign masseuses, in their 20s, are said to be not only massaging the feet of male clients, but also offering massage on the most sensitive part of the body, as well as sex.
One hour of massage can cost up to RM150 or RM200 depending on the nationality and physical attributes of the masseuse.
Initial probe showed that the masseuses were from mainland China and some provinces in Kalimantan, a source told The Star.
These women entered the state on work permits, recruited as professional foot masseuses but had been used by certain quarters here to offer sexual services, said the source.
Certain parts of Miri City have become red-light districts because of the mushrooming of these so-called foot massage centres, mostly styled as reflexology centres.
China dolls in revealing dresses and skirts can be seen soliciting for clients along the five-foot ways leading to these centres, as well as in coffeeshops and restaurants.
During the weekends, they come out in droves because of the influx of visitors from Brunei. Miri is only 35km south of the Brunei border.
China dolls also ply their trade in high-class hotels, motels, pubs and karaokes lounges.