Murder charge awaits maid agent in baby dumping case

Murder charge awaits maid agent in baby dumping case

PETALING JAYA - The foreign maid agent who dumped the body of a six-month-old baby into a ravine in Genting Highlands is expected to be charged with murder at the Shah Alam magistrate's court next week.

Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said the man, in his 40s, could also face human trafficking charges after the grisly find led to the discovery of a syndicate that had been holding foreign maids, forcing them to work without pay and sexually abusing them.

"The 13 women rescued after the syndicate was raided, including the mother of the baby, are healthy, but are still being detained by the Immigration Department for overstaying and not possessing work permits.

"I cannot comment on the claims that the suspect raped some of the women but that is an angle that we are investigating," he said.

The police were first alerted about the case on May 31 after a 33-year-old Indonesian woman, who claimed to be working for the agent for two years, lodged a report that her six-month-old baby had died and could not be found.

She alleged that the baby was born in November 2013 and was conceived after she was raped by one of her employers last year.

Police raided three houses in Kota Kemuning on June 2 and rescued 12 Indonesian women, in their 20s and 30s.

"The women claimed that they were not paid and subjected to sexual abuse by the agent and the other employers that they had been hired out to," SDCP Abdul Samah said.

It was alleged that the man kept some of the maids locked up and used them as sex slaves.

 

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