Schoolgirls lured into prostitution, 'datuk' possibly involved

Posed photo of a man leaving the room after two women were tied up at their hands.
PHOTO: The New Paper

MIRI - Sarawak police are investigating two separate cases where 13-year-old schoolgirls in Miri were allegedly forced to perform sexual acts for money.

Sarawak CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar said that police in Miri arrested a middle-aged man for allegedly using one of the girls for sex.

The man, in his 30s, was arrested on Monday and has been placed under remand in the Miri police lock-up.

Police are also investigating a man in his 80s who was said to have had sex with both girls on separate occasions.

There are claims that the octogenarian holds a "datuk" title.

SAC Dev said the police launched a probe into these allegations following police reports lodged by the parents of the two girls.

"We are investigating whether the man is really a datuk, and if he was a client who used the girls as prostitutes," he said, adding that the 80-year-old has yet to be arrested.

"Such cases, if confirmed, will be classified as statutory rape as it involve minors," he said.