The Star eports that a ruse by a hotel operator here to mask vice activities fell apart when a large number of ladies’ shoes were found at the place.

Immigration Department officers who raided the hotel near Jalan Tun Ali found that a pub in the hotel had a few male patrons.

However, their suspicions were aroused when they found a large number of women’s shoes near the cashier’s counter.

This prompted a search and they found 13 Vietnamese and four Thai women, believed to be prostitutes, hiding under tables and in secret rooms.

State Immigration director Kamalludin Ismail said a 50-year-old Vietnamese woman, believed to be the “mummy”, was also detained.

Two men from Bangladesh and Nepal were also detained for questioning. He added that all the suspects, aged between 17 and 52, would be sent to Machap Umboo detention centre in Alor Gajah pending further investigations.

“Ten of them did not have valid permits while 10 others abused their social visit passes,” he said.