GEORGE TOWN - Two women appeared before the Sessions Court here yesterday to face two counts of kidnapping and trafficking a 7-month-old baby.
Clerk Zuzita Ahmad, 43, and shop assistant Ooi Hooi Ling, 36, claimed trial to the offences.
On the first charge, the duo allegedly kidnapped the baby from the care of her grandmother at a flat in Lorong Lembah Ria 1, Taman Happy Valley, at 3.30pm last Thursday.
The second offence was allegedly committed at the surau of a longhouse in Tanjung Tokong at 5pm the same day.
Under Section 363 of the Penal Code, the kidnapping offence carries a maximum seven years' jail and fine, while the second offence, under Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, carries a maximum 20 years' jail and fine upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Lim Cheah Yit asked the court not to grant bail to the two accused on the grounds that the offences were serious.
She said human trafficking was becoming rampant and should be stamped out.
"Both accused know the complainant, who is the baby's grandmother.