The Star, Oct 18 2011,By RASHITHA A. HAMID ,firstname.lastname@example.org
KUALA LUMPUR: A major Ugandan sex slave ring that forced its own
nationals into prostitution in China and here was busted by police in a
Twenty-one women, many of them in their 20s,
were locked up as syndicate members worked them non-stop for 10 hours
daily for the past three months.
The women were holed up inside four units of the Mentari Court apartment in Bandar Sunway.
Syndicate members kept the women in line by beating and raping them if they refused to “work.”
Each customer was charged RM300 for a night out with the woman that they chose.
The hellish nightmare for these women ended at 10.30am on Friday when a team of policemen from Bukit Aman stormed the premises and rescued the women, aged between 18 and 42.
Two women in their 40s and believed to be working for the syndicate were also arrested, as well as an African customer.
The raid followed a report lodged by a victim who had related her ordeal to an embassy officer.
It is learnt the officer had earlier gone undercover as a client and booked the 20-year-old woman before taking her out.
All the victims have been placed at a welfare home and they are expected to be deported once the investigations are over.
Police had the apartment under surveillance for two weeks before raiding the premises, said Federal CID Director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin.
“They were basically slaves and if they wanted to be free from the syndicate's clutches they had to pay a debt bondage of US$7,000,” he said.
It was learnt that although many of the victims had raised enough money through their “work” to pay off the debt bondage, syndicate members still refused to let them free by lying to the them that their debt was still pending.
The women from Kampala were lured here with promises of lucrative jobs in hotels, opportunities to study in colleges and to work as maids with a salary of US$1,000, said Comm Mohd Bakri.
He added that the women fell for the offers when they were also provided with free passports, flight tickets and other do*****ents.
Tuesday October 18, 2011
A case of sex as ransom, abduction and extortion
By R.S.N. MURALI
MALACCA: A 27-year-old bank employee is alleging that a family friend demanded sex as ransom for the release of her husband.
Malacca police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said they were investigating the allegation and the counter police report lodged by the 29-year-old alleged perpetrator, who claimed the duo attempted to extort money from him.
It is learnt the man and woman had threatened to lodge a police report claiming he had raped the woman if he did not pay them.
“We are still probing both stories and wouldn't be able to furnish much details as the investigation is ongoing,” he said yesterday.
In her Oct 8 report, the woman claimed she was raped and forced to perform oral sex hours after she and her husband treated the foreign businessman to a meal at a restaurant in Bukit Beruang on Oct 7 at 3am.
She alleged that her husband and the man travelled in the same car after the meal while she returned home in a separate vehicle.
She claimed that at about 6.30am the same day, the man called her asking where her husband was and she told him that he was supposed to be with him.
She alleged the man then claimed that her husband could have been abducted and offered to take the woman to the nearest police station to lodge a report, to which she agreed.
The woman alleged she attempted to contact her husband several times but failed.
However, during the trip, the woman alleged the man threatened her and said he was the one who was holding her husband captive at his house in Bukit Beruang.
Upon reaching the man's house, the woman claimed that she was forced to perform oral sex and was also raped in exchange for her husband's release.
She also claimed that she sustained injuries on her thighs after the man performed kinky sex on her.
She claimed the man then sent her home and told her not to tell anyone.
The husband claimed that he had gone to a relative's house after the meal and failed to inform his wife while his handphone had been switched off.