3 arrested after Malaysian women caught trying to smuggle a man out of Singapore

Three people were arrested after the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) caught two Malaysian women trying to smuggle a man out of the city-state in a car.

Both women, a 28-year-old driver and a 33-year-old passenger, were about to leave Singapore via the Woodlands Checkpoint in the Malaysia-registered vehicle on Monday evening when they were stopped for checks, authorities said yesterday.

Officers then opened the trunk of the car and found a man lying in there.

The man has since been identified as a 31-year-old Bangladeshi national, ICA said, adding that he did not have any travel documents with him when he was caught.

Investigations surrounding the crime (including how the man ended up in there) are ongoing.

Those found guilty of entering Singapore illegally could be jailed for up to six months with a minimum of three strokes of the cane, while those leaving the country illegally could be fined up to S$1,000 (US$750) on top of a six months’ jail.

For committing a human trafficking offense, a person could be jailed up to five years with a minimum of three strokes of the cane. The vehicle used in committing the offense could also be forfeited.

Crime doesn’t pay, y’all!

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