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Human Trafficking Victims Rescued

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BINTULU – Eleven Indonesians suspected of being victims of human trafficking were rescued by police in Bintulu in northern Sarawak.

The Indonesians – nine of them women aged 18 to 40 and two men aged 23 and 44 – were rescued after police raided a house at 2.45pm on Monday.

Police had to cut a chainlock and break down a door before finding the victims confined inside a small room, said Sarawak CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar.

“A couple who were in the house were arrested.

“The husband and wife, aged 55 and 53, are suspected of having forced the 11 Indonesians to work in cleaning bird nests without pay.

“When police found the 11 workers they cried and pleaded for help.

“They said they were often beaten and not allowed to leave.

“We found them locked from the outside and we had to break open the door to rescue them,” he said.

SAC Dev said the Indonesians were sent to the welfare authorities for shelter.

The couple have been remanded pending further probe into the case which was classified as human trafficking. – The Star Online

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