Instead of keeping her children safe, a single mother has been allegedly prostituting her eight and 10-year-old daughters for RM50.
What is known of the family:
- Woman ex-factory worker, now unemployed
- Divorcee with no communication with ex-husband
- One daughter from her fourth marriage, the other from her fifth
- One of the three Bangladeshi suspects has been her lover for eight years
- Elder daughter stopped schooling 3 months ago
- Younger daughter a slow learner, barely speaks, doesn’t attend school
Johor police chief Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the 39-year-old woman was arrested on Oct 25 at her home in Taman Bintang, Senai, near Kulai, following a tip-off from the public.
He said the woman was suspected to have been “selling” her two daughters by taking the girls to a budget hotel in Larkin Perdana, Johor Bahru, about 30km from where she stayed, to serve clients.
“She will leave them there with two Bangladeshi men in their 30s.
“The woman will stay at another room at the same hotel with a third Bangladeshi man, who is her lover.
“The woman will receive RM50 every time she prostituted her two children,” Khalil said at a press conference yesterday.
This had been going on every Friday for the past month.
Initial checks revealed that the woman is divorced and not in communication with her ex-husband.
She has been the Bangladeshi man’s lover for eight years.
The girls are half-sisters from her fourth and fifth marriages.
Police were also checking if the woman was a drug addict.
They were also looking for the three Bangladeshi men.
The case is being investigated under Section 372 of the Penal Code for soliciting and Section 376 for rape.
Police are also investigating the case under Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Atipsom) Act 2007.
Khalil said the victims were referred to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital for medical examinations, which confirmed that they had old and new tears on their private parts.
“She should be known as ‘ibu durjana’ (despicable mother) because she was willing to sell her children to become sex slaves,” said Khalil.
Meanwhile, State Welfare Department director Datuk Daud Arbah said the girls, who have been admitted to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital since Oct 25, will be put under the care of Pusat Perlindungan Kanak-Kanak in Johor Bahru.
“The two victims will be referred to us once they have completed their check-ups.
“We will look after them for at least one month while investigations are carried out under Section 19(1) of the Child Act,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
Johor Women and Family Affairs Committee chairman Asiah Ariff said she would look into the case.
The woman and her daughters stayed in one of six rooms at a two-storey commercial lot.
A neighbour, who wanted to be known only as Malar, 38, said the family was “rather reserved” and seldom came back to their room since moving in two months ago, The Star reported.
“Before this, they had been renting a room downstairs – at the back of a barber shop – for a year, so we were not familiar with her.
“Her elder daughter took the same school bus as my daughter but she has not been going to school for almost three months now,” she told The Star.
Malar, who has been living there for the past year, added that the younger child appeared to be a slow learner.
“The girl barely speaks and doesn’t go to school,” she added.
She said she didn’t sense any suspicious goings-on and thought that a Bangladeshi, who would sometimes stay over, was the woman’s husband.
The landlord, who also operates the barber shop, said he had not been able to see the mother for the past few days.
He wanted to collect two months’ rent from her.
“She stayed downstairs with her two kids before moving upstairs. And, we have had no problem with the rent for the past one-and-a-half years until two months ago,” he said.
The woman, he added, was believed to be a factory worker but lost her job a few months ago.
Just two weeks ago on Oct 13, a housewife who sold her 14-year-old daughter into prostitution to pay off her debts was charged in Lawas, Sarawak.
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