Arrests as Border Force targets Perth building ind

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Five Malaysian men in Perth have been detained by the Australian Border Force following their suspected involvement in a foreign worker exploitation syndicate within the construction industry.

The men — all living in Australia illegally — were arrested during a series of nation-wide Operation Battenrun raids targeting labour hire firms exploiting vulnerable foreign workers and illegal immigrants.

ABF officers found three of the men, aged 50, 51 and 64, at an Embleton residence last Thursday.

Camera IconAustralian Border Force (ABF) officers have detained five Malaysian nationals suspected of being part of a syndicate responsible for widespread exploitation of foreign workers in Perth’s construction industry. Credit: Australian Border Force

A week earlier, on December 10, a 52-year-old man was also detained during a raid at a Dianella home, while the fifth man, aged 46, was detained at a commercial property in Beckenham on the same day.

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