KUANTAN: Police have detained a man who allegedly trafficked in 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 afternoon.
He said the man also allegedly abused the victims by hitting, starving and ordering them to work overtime and without leave.
“The three men claimed they entered the country between September 2018 and April via a social visit pass using the service of an agent in India,” he said.
“The man had fetched them from the KL International Airport and brought them to the plantation.”
The crime was exposed when one victim escaped and lodged a report at the Lipis district police headquarters on Saturday. — Bernama