Chinese flees from certain fate in vice


  • Nation
  • Friday, 28 Mar 2003

BY KHOO CHIOW LING

KUALA LUMPUR: A 21-year-old Chinese national, who was kidnapped in China and taken to Myanmar and Thailand, managed to escape from her captors in Malacca after two weeks. 

The woman, known only as Dao, told MCA Public Service and Complaints Bureau chief Michael Chong that two men had approached her at a bus stop and forced her into a van at her hometown in Yunnan on Jan 16. 

For the next two weeks, Dao claimed that her captors used fake passports to take her to Myanmar and Thailand before she was brought into Malaysia. 

She said she found herself with many other women in a house in Malacca on Jan 29 and managed to run away when the door was unlocked. 

She met a “good samaritan” who took her to stay with his family but since it was the Chinese New Year period, the man only brought her to the Chinese embassy here on Feb 11. 

However, the embassy was still closed for business when they arrived and he left her there. She managed to flag down a motorist who took her to Chong's office. 

Chong, who held a press conference to highlight prostitution cases involving Chinese nationals, said two other Chinese women, known as Ci, 26, from An Hui province, and Wan, 25, from Hunan province, claimed they were tricked into coming to Malaysia and forced into prostitution. 

He said Ci was given a false passport to enter the country on Jan 29 and Wan arrived in Malaysia on Jan 23. Both were forced to entertain up to five clients a day. 

On March 14, Chong took the women to meet Immigration officers to arrange for their flight home but was told that under a new ruling, cases such as overstaying, non-possession of documents or claims of being cheated into prostitution would be referred to the Public Prosecutor. 

However, things turned out all right for the women in the end. 

Chong said: “I received a call from one of them (yesterday), saying they had arrived in China.” 

A benefactor, Datuk K.Y. Koh, paid for their flight home, he added. 


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