KUANTAN (Bernama): The police detained a man who allegedly trafficked three Indian nationals for forced labour at an oil palm plantation in Kuala Lipis near here.
Lipis District Police chief Supt Azli Mohd Noor said the 36-year-old suspect from Kuala Lipis was picked up on Saturday (July 13) afternoon at an eatery near the plantation.
He said the suspect was also believed to have abused the victims, aged between 33 and 48, by hitting, not feeding and ordering them to work overtime and without leave.
"The three men, who are all married, claimed they entered the country between Sept 2018 and last April, using the services of an agent in India via social visit pass. The suspect had picked them up at KL International Airport and brought them to the plantation.
"They also claimed that the suspect had seized their passports and mobile phones as soon as they arrived and were placed at the workers’ quarters. They were paid sometimes not even paid at all," Supt Azli told Bernama Sunday (July 14).
He said one of the victims claimed that his arms were chained and he was beaten for over a month, causing injuries to his left arm.
The crime was exposed when one of the victims managed to escape and lodged a police report at the Lipis District Police headquarters Saturday.
"The victims have been rescued while the suspect is being remanded for four days from Sunday," Supt Azli said. - Bernama