GEORGE TOWN: Police have busted two gay joints at a massage parlour and a fitness centre here with the arrest of 19 men, including a 65-year-old grandfather.
They also seized posters, towels and tubes of lubricant during the raid at the premises at a shopping complex here at 10pm.
It is said that their customers included doctors and lecturers.
Among the 19, two were caretakers aged 30 and 38 while seven were local customers. The remaining 10 were said to be sex workers from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The “company” is said to be hiring foreign employees, who entered the country with visit permits, in batches.
It is learnt the two shops, which have been closed down for two to three months, started its operations again recently.
Using massage parlour and fitness centre as a front for their operation, regular customers are given a password to enter the place. There are two closed circuit television cameras installed in front of the door for tight security.
Police earlier laid an ambush nearby and arrested a customer before forcing him to reveal the password. Some were said to be caught with their pants down when police stormed into the premises.
George Town acting OCPD Supt Gan Kong Meng, who confirmed the case, said police would be investigating the case under Section 377(B) of the Penal Code for committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature, Section 6(3)(c) and Section 39 (b) of the Immigration Act.
In another case, the police nabbed seven women from China in a raid at an unlicensed entertainment outlet in Gurney Tower.
Supt Gan said equipment like television sets, a microphone, DVD players and sound systems were also confiscated.
“The women will be investigated under Section 39 (b) and Section 51(3) of the Immigration Act,” he said.