Two women face a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail if convicted of prostituting a 14-year-old.
The housewife who sold her own 14-year-old daughter into prostitution to pay off her debts and the 45-year-old female owner of a karaoke joint who aided the mother in prostituting the underage girl were charged at the Lawas District Office this morning.
They were charged under the Child Act 2001, read with the Penal Code.
No plea was recorded.
The magistrate issued an order barring the two accused from coming into contact with the girl.
He also allowed bail of RM8,000 each on two sureties, pending their trial at a date to be fixed later.
Meanwhile, police have arrested a 29-year-old businessman, believed to be the key suspect in the case.
The suspect was nabbed by the Lawas CID at 2.10pm yesterday after he turned himself at the Lawas police station and would be produced in court today for a remand order application.
“The man is suspected to have paid money to have sex with the victim in a hotel,” Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Datuk Dev Kumar said in a statement.
As of today, four suspects are in police custody, including a 23-year old man who was arrested on Tuesday and is under remand for seven days to assist in the police investigation.
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