Siblings charged with human trafficking claim trial

KUALA LUMPUR - Two siblings who ran a foreign workers' agency claimed trial to trafficking 31 Indonesian women over the last four years.

Sim Whye Hong, 32, and his sister Sim Yee Sie, 34, were charged in the Sessions Court here with trafficking 15 women at Spa Multi Beauty in Kuchai Entreprenuer Park here, seven women at the Spa Multi Beauty in Sentul, and another seven women at the spa in Bukit Sri Bintang, Kepong.

The siblings were also charged with trafficking one woman each in Taman Sri Gombak and the Indo­nesian Embassy.

The 31 offences were said to have been committed between August 2009 and Aug 19 this year.

DPP Suzanne Tiyon Bimen urged that no bail be given, or a high bail amount with additional conditions.

Counsel Goh Kim Lian pleaded for a lower bail, saying Whye Hong's construction company, which employed 20 workers, had stopped work following his arrest.

She said that both her clients had been in remand for the last 19 days to aid in the investigation.

Judge Ahmad Zamzani Mohd Zain allowed bail at RM310,000 for each of the accused with the condition that they surrender their passports and report monthly to a police station.