More than 60 Indonesian women were exploited in Malaysia

Posted by David Khoirul

Malaysia exploitation indonesians image picturesA Chinese Malaysian man was arrested and charged by Malaysian court with exploitation. At least 60 Indonesians claimed to be lured to Malaysia and forced to work without getting paid. Those Indonesian women, Associated Press reported, worked as house maids and cleaners.

Associated Press writes via The Jakarta Globe:

Lee In Chiew, a 49-year-old businessman, was charged in a district court in northern Perlis state Monday with multiple counts of human trafficking, his lawyer K. Kumarathiraviam said.

If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison on some of the counts. Kumarathiraviam said he believed it was the biggest case of alleged human trafficking brought into Malaysian courts so far. No plea was recorded, and the next court date is Oct. 13, he said.

Authorities rescued the 63 women, together with eight others who have already returned to Indonesia, from Lee's house in July after three managed to flee and called help.

The women, promised work as maids for 500ringgit ($160) a month, claimed they were forced to work long hours as cleaners at various houses, mostly without pay, for at least two years. The youngest rescued woman is 17 years old.

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