THREE women from India travelled over 2,600km to Perak, only to be kept as slaves for two years at a farm in Gopeng.
Their plight ended on Sept 12 when crimebusters from Bukit Aman raided the livestock and vegetable farm following a tip-off from the public.
The victims claimed that they were beaten, held captive and forced to work without receiving wages, Kosmo! reported.
The three, aged between 20 and 30, had entered the country as tourists in 2009 and said they were deceived by a family of four to work at the farm.
Their chores were said to include shepherding cattle and goat flocks, maintaining a pond and collecting jasmine flowers.
A source from the Bukit Aman crime investigation unit said they staked out the place for two weeks before moving in to rescue the women.
“We found that they were not compensated for their work and that the Labour Act had been contravened.
“We are investigating allegations that they were assaulted by their employers,” the source added.
Bukit Aman D7 (anti-vice, gaming and secret society) deputy director Senior Asst Comm Abdul Jalil Hassan said four suspects had been detained and were being investigated under Section 13 of the Anti-Trafficking In Persons Act.
> Heart-related diseases and stroke are not only the top killers in Malaysia but they also account for almost a quarter of untimely deaths nationwide.
An average of 32 Malaysians succumb to heart diseases and stroke every day, Berita Harian said in a front-page report.
These patients also made up 35% of premature deaths (involving those below 60 years old) in the country.
A total of 11,812 of such fatalities were recorded last year, about twice the number recorded in 2005.
Describing occurrences of cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Malaysia as serious, health director-general Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman urged Malaysians to adopt an active lifestyle coupled with a healthy diet.
“NCD, including heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, can lead to severe complications if they are not detected early,” he said.
“A lax in early stage treatment will also involve high medical costs, increasing the burden to the patient and other relevant parties.”
Risk factors for heart diseases include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, diabetes, genetic factors, smoking and lack of physical exercises.
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