Runaway Indon maid claims she was abused and overworked

KUALA LUMPUR: When Indonesian maid Sapinih Camid found out that she had a job here, she was thrilled. 

However, after just one week, she ran away from her employer, claiming that she had been abused and made to work in her employer’s house as well as three other places.  

On Wednesday, two Samaritans came to her aid when they found her crying and loitering around the Bukit OUG Condominium at about 1.30am. 

The 17-year-old had arrived here from West Java via an employment agency on Jan 4. 

Sapinih, who related her ordeal at Seputeh MP Teresa Kok’s office on Saturday, said she wakes up at 4am every day to clean the house before going to the house of her employer’s sister for another round of cleaning.  

Then, she would be sent to a factory to help do some packing and other chores, she said. 

At 5pm, she would leave for yet another house belonging to another of her employer’s sisters to clean and cook, she said. 

She said that later, she would be sent back to her employer’s house to do a last round of cleaning before going to bed at about 2am. 

“Sometimes, I had two meals a day but other times, I had only one meal as I was too busy working,” she said. 

The girl, who claimed that her employer had thrown a bottle at her forehead three times, said: “She also tried to beat me with a broom but her child stopped her.”  

Sapinih is reluctant to go to the maid agency, which is retaining her passport, or back to her employer’s house.  

“I don’t want to go back to my hometown either as I still owe the maid agency 5mil rupiah (RM2,300). All I want is to stay here and work,” she said. 

Sapinih, who is staying with one of the Samaritans, was brought to the Brickfields police station by Kok to lodge a police report on Saturday.  

Kok also said she would take the girl to the Indonesian Embassy next week to get help.  

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