Cops investigating if Indonesian maid raped by employer

Cops investigating if Indonesian maid raped by employer
Gruesome task: Police officers looking for the body of the infant in Genting Highlands. The body was found and taken to hospital for a post-mortem.

KLANG - The police are investigating the claims made by a 33-year-old Indonesian maid, whose baby was allegedly dumped by her agent in Genting Highlands.

Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Commissioner Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said this included probing the allegation that she was raped by her employer.

"As of now, the 13 Indonesian maids, including the 33-year-old maid, are in police custody and will be sent to the Immigration Department as they have overstayed in the country," he told reporters after visiting the North Klang police district headquarters Thursday.

On whether the maids were sexually abused, SDCP Abdul Samah said it was still under investigation, adding that he was unable to reveal more information as it could jeopardise the probe.

"I cannot reveal further information on the psychological state of the agent or the maids, or if the victim was raped by one of her employers, or why did the agent bring the baby to Genting Highlands as police are in the midst of investigating the case."

"As for the baby's cause of death, we need to wait for post-mortem results from the hospital," he said.

He also said the maids rescued from a posh residence in Kota Kemuning lived comfortably and were allowed to use handphones.

He also denied that the employer, who allegedly fathered the child, was under arrest.

SDCP Abdul Samah said police were also looking for the remaining maids under the agent, adding that initial investigations showed there were a total of 20 of them living in the house.

He said the wife of the agent, who was arrested on Wednesday, has since been released on police bail.

On Wednesday, the agent, in his 40s, was remanded for a week for allegedly dumping the body of an infant.

This subsequently led to the discovery of the syndicate that had been holding foreign maids said to be forced to work without any pay, as well as being sexually abused.

The agent has allegedly been sexually abusing at least 29 maids working for him.

All did not have work permits.

He allegedly hired out the women to employers on a part-time basis as maids and cleaners.

The police were initially alerted about the case on May 31 after the maid, who claimed to have worked for the agent for two years, lodged a police report that her six-month-old baby had died, and could not be found.

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