Two arrested for allegedly exploiting physically challenged boy in Kuala Pilah

KUALA PILAH: Two suspects have been arrested for allegedly exploiting a 14-year-old physically challenged boy to work as a scrap collector.

District police chief Supt Amran Mohd Gani said the suspects have been remanded for seven days.

"We received a tip-off from the public that a child was being exploited at around 5.30pm on June 12, and a team was immediately sent to a house in a residential area to investigate.

"A suspect who was allegedly supervising the victim at the house was detained, and the boy was sent to hospital for a medical check-up," he said in a statement.

Amran said police detained a second suspect, who was believed to be the victim's employer, in a follow-up operation.

He said the boy has since been sent to a safe house while police probe the matter.

The case is being probed under Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Atipsom) Act 2007, which provides imprisonment between three and 20 years and a fine upon conviction.

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