- POSTED: 05 Jun 2014 18:47
- UPDATED: 05 Jun 2014 23:21
A man has been arrested in Malaysia for allegedly running a sex slave syndicate through his part-time maid agency.
KUALA LUMPUR: A man has been arrested in Malaysia for allegedly running a sex slave syndicate through his part-time maid agency.
At least 29 Indonesian women are believed to have been sexually abused by the man and his clients.
The suspect and his wife are also being investigated for dumping the body of his employee's 6-month-old baby in a ravine.
It began with a police report by a worried Indonesian cleaner, who was unable to find her 6-month-old baby.
Authorities eventually found the baby's body, dumped in a ravine in the state of Pahang.
The cleaner's agent and his wife were detained in connection with the case.
But the agent also stands accused of sexually exploiting the cleaner and at least 28 others.
Despite the Indonesian women not having valid work permits, the agent employed them via his part-time cleaning service.
But the women told police they were treated more like sex slaves by the agent and his clients.
In fact, the cleaner who reported her baby missing, claimed the child was conceived after she was raped by one of her employers.
The case has shocked Malaysians, though it isn't the first of its kind.
In 2012, Malaysian authorities rescued 105 foreign women, also held captive by a maid agency.
Ivy Josiah, executive director of Women's Aid Organisation, said: "We have many stories like this where women are locked up or caged.
"They're not allowed to go out, they're not allowed to have their passports.
"...the women are very afraid...they do not know what's outside the home, they can't speak the language and more than anything else they don't have any kind of documentation, they're so afraid to go out.
"The women are supposed to call their employers 'masters, tuan'. You should see the instructions their employers give them, they're made to say 'good morning, mam', 'good morning, tuan'. They're made to feel like they are servants."
Selangor state police have reportedly at least 12 of the alleged victims in custody.
Meanwhile the Indonesian embassy says it's doing what it can to track down the others and keep them safe.