Couple charged with exploiting maids

Couple charged with exploiting maids

MUAR, Malaysia - A couple, who allegedly made three foreign women work for months without wages, have been charged in the Sessions Court here with exploiting the maids through forced labour.

Wong Seong Siew @ Wong Ah Kow, 68, and Lee Soon Sim, 56, who run a hair salon here, had allegedly exploited Indonesians Martini, 28, and Hatiah Lukman, 24, as well as Orance Nabunome, 24, from Timor Leste.

Wong and his wife had allegedly committed the offence at Jalan Abdullah here from January 2011 to Jan 28 this year.

Wong and Lee claimed trial to all charges, which were read to them by a court interpreter in Mandarin.

Sessions judge Roszianayati Ahmad set bail at RM25,000 (S$9,725) each and set June 9 for next mention pending document submission and appointment of lawyer for the couple.

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