BATU PAHAT: Two men involved in the farming of ornamental fish such as Arowana and Kelisa have each been sentenced to five years jail and fined RM60,000 each for 12 counts of human trafficking.
Sessions Court judge Amran Jantan meted out the sentence on Wednesday on Sim Kai Chyuan, 35, and Bang Lai Seng, 49, including a third businessman, who is still at large, after he found them guilty of trafficking in 12 Indonesians at their premises in Yong Peng in Johor.
The third person who is still at large is believed to be the owner of the fish pond.
It is learnt that the workers were all kept at the fish farm, which is about 5.2ha, and not allowed to leave the premises, not paid their salaries, not given holidays and not allowed to leave after their contract expired.
All the accused were charged under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti Smuggling of Migrants Act.
The three men allegedly forcefully exploited the workers at the farm at about 1.30pm in March last year.
All the 12 Indonesians were between 19 and 46 years old.
Meanwhile, in another unrelated case, Azura Daud, a 36-year-old tom yam operator, paid a hefty price when she was fined RM35,000 for employing seven illegal immigrants.
Sessions court judge Zahilah Mohammad Yusoff fined her after she pleaded guilty for employing the seven Thai nationals at her shop in Jalan Bentayan in Muar.
All the illegals were arrested on Aug 28.
Zahilah also fined six others a total of RM90,000 for hiring a total of 18 illegals in their business premises in Muar, Batu Pahat, Skudai and Ulu Tiram.
The illegals comprised those from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam and Indonesia.
At least two of the six employers are women.
One of the employers, a 29-year-old was also slapped with an additional fine of RM18,000 for turning his premises in Pulai Utama into an illegal hostel. All paid the fines.
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