POLICE rescued a university graduate from an orchard in Balakong, Selangor, who was tricked into prostitution two years ago and then kept by a client on the farm after paying off the pimps.
Known only as Zhang, 29, the woman from Guilin, Guangzhou Province, pleaded with the police not to take action against Yap, the man who saved her from vice, said Nanyang Siang Pau.
Apparently, Zhang knelt in front of a fruit farmer who passed by the area on Wednesday, pleading with him to help her as she had been living almost like a recluse on the farm for two years.
The fruit farmer subsequently returned to help her, accompanied by a DAP representative and several policemen.
Yap, a contractor in his 30s, had not allowed her to surrender to the police. However, Zhang conceded that Yap, a divorcee, had treated her well.
Besides providing her with meals, he also took her sightseeing, the daily said.
Zhang said she came to Malaysia in January 2001 and was forced to prostitute for eight months. She would not be given meals if she refused to accept clients.
The daily reported that Yap paid the syndicate RM7,000 to release her and was supposed to pay another RM9,000 in instalments.
China Press reported on its front page that eight thieves who hid in a durian orchard in Muar to modify a car stolen by them have been arrested by the police.
The daily reported that two villagers had spotted a brand new four-wheel drive and eight people, including a woman, acting in a suspicious manner in the orchard.
They then contacted the police and helped them to arrest the culprits later.
The daily reported that the four-wheel drive, which was registered in January, was stolen from a car park.
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