Police have arrested eight Vietnamese fishermen hired for a couple’s business start-up in Kuching for allegedly molesting the couple’s daughter.
The incident came to light when the four-year-old complained of pain to her mother, 33, who is also a Vietnamese, at about midnight yesterday.
According to Padawan district police chief Superintendent Aidil Bolhassan, the girl told her mother that the men had “dumped rubbish” inside her private parts.
“Shocked by her daughter’s confession, the woman checked the girl and found signs that she had been molested,” said Aidil in a statement today.
It was reported that the couple believe the incident occurred when they left their daughter in the care of the men yesterday.
The men, aged between 18 and 47, and the girl were at an in-law’s house in Matang while the couple were away renewing the suspects’ work visas.
Apparently, the victim’s mother also said she saw her daughter playing with some of the men around 7pm, but she did not suspect anything amiss.
“The couple and their daughter have been staying with their in-laws since their return from Vietnam to start a deep-sea fishing business three months ago.
“The girl’s father, who is a local, had employed and brought in the men three weeks ago and they are temporarily staying in the same house,” Aidil said.
Police arrested the suspects from the house at about 5am today and they would be presented in court tomorrow for remand.
The girl was sent to the Sarawak General Hospital for a medical examination.