Mother, daughter on trial for trafficking Cambodian maid

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A mother and her daughter were charged in Butterworth Sessions Court today with trafficking their Cambodian maid for the purpose of exploitation through forced labour, last February.

Teo Beng Sim (right) and Teh Hooi Fung.

Teoh Beng Sim, 57, and her daughter, Teh Hooi Fung, 36, both pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out to them by the court interpreter before Judge Noor Aini Yusof.

According to the charge sheet, they were accused of trafficking Soy Rom, 27, for the purpose of exploitation by use of force on Jalan Perpaduan Kampung Baru, Bukit Mertajam, at 10.45pm, on February 24, 2020.

The charge was framed under Section 13 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, to be read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries a prison term of between three and 20 years, and liable to a fine, if convicted.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Syeqal Che Murat prosecutes while the defendants were represented by lawyer Supramaniam Kasia Pillai.

Supramaniam requested bail, saying that his clients have been co-operating in the investigation.

The court allowed bail at RM15,000 with one surety each and ordered them to report to the nearest police station on every 15th day of the month until the disposal of the case.

The court set April 19 for next mention of the case.