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Couple Charged With Exploitation Of Teen Boys

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KUANTAN – A married couple were charged in the Sessions Court here with four counts of human trafficking, involving four teenage boys, for exploitation last year.

Muslim Ab Karim, 56, and his wife, Zaleha Mohamad, 54, pleaded not guilty to all the charges before judge Siti Aminah Ghazali.

On Monday, Muslim and Zaleha were charged with 12 simi­lar counts at the Ipoh Sessions Court.

On the first count, the couple were charged with trafficking a 19-year-old for exploitation as a forced labourer at about 11pm on Nov 9 last year at Restoran Kemaman Kopitiam.

For the second, third and fourth charge, Muslim and Zaleha were charged with trafficking three boys, aged between 15 and 17, for exploitation as forced labour at a Petronas petrol station in Tanjung Lumpur, at 11.50pm on the same day.

They were charged under Section 12 and 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

The offence carries a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Jaizah Jaafar Sidek requested the court not to allow bail as both accused would also be charged with similar offences at the Raub Sessions Court today and in the Kota Baru Sessions Court on Sunday.

Muslim and Zaleha were not represented.

The court set June 19 for mention. — BERNAMA


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