BUKIT MERTAJAM, Nov 14 : The police rescued three Indonesian women who were forced to work without pay and confined in a factory for the last eight months, during a raid in Taman Machang Bubok here today.
Seberang Perai Tengah police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the police had received a tip-off from the public who stumbled upon a note written by the victims asking for help.
“A police team raided the factory at 10.40 am and found three women, aged between 21 and 25, being locked up in a room at the premises. They were in a state of fear.
“The victims, who possess passports, wrote ‘ibu. Tolong saya, saya mau lari’ (madam. Help me, I want to run away) on a piece of paper and threw it outside the premises and spotted by a passer-by,” he said here.
Subsequently, the police detained four supervisors, aged between 21 and 66, including two women, one of them is the mother of the factory owner to facilitate investigations.
Nik Ros Azhan said the owner of the factory producing pillowcases was currently abroad for business purposes and he would be detained as soon as he returned home.
“The four people are being remanded for two days,” he said.