Girls now under care of embassy


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Jan 2003

BY YIP YOKE TENG

KUALA LUMPUR: The six Chinese girls cheated into prostitution in Malaysia are now in the custody of the China Embassy.  

“We will handle the case according to procedure,” said a senior officer at the embassy. 

“They are our countrymen, we will do our best to assist them,” he said. 

He would not say, however, where the girls were staying or when they would be able to go home.  

The girls were sent to the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department yesterday morning from the welfare home - where they spent the weekend - before going to the embassy. 

Department head Michael Chong had offered to help them lodge a police report but they refused, saying that they would have to reapply for passports (RM120) and settle the fine for expired visas (RM100) after that and they did not have the money to do so. 

The girls were lured from China on the promise of a lucrative income. Once here, they were forced into prostitution but managed to run away after a few weeks from two brothels, one in Kuala Lumpur and another in Malacca.  

Five of the girls had their passports taken away by people at the brothel in Kuala Lumpur but they still held their air tickets. 

The other girl arrived illegally through Thailand and does not have any air ticket. 

Chong said the number of Chinese girls turning to him “had been terrible” over the past two years.  

He said there were 23 cases last month and he spent RM4,000 to send 14 of them back and paid RM8,000 for another batch in September. 

“I have been paying for the fines and passport application fees so many times, so much so the China Embassy has offered me a 15% discount. 

“I can’t continue paying that amount,” said Chong. 

He added that the embassy should bear such expenses. 

He said taxi drivers and some brothel clients often sent the girls to him. 

Many of these so-called good samaritans wanted the girls to sleep with them after which they would leave them at his doorstep, Chong said. 

“What has happened to our society? How can they sell the girls as sex slaves? 

“Where is their conscience, don’t they all have sisters or daughters?” he added.  

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