Couple charged with human trafficking

TAIPING, Aug 10 — A married couple who own a nasi kandar restaurant were charged in the Sessions Court here today with five counts of human trafficking.

Abdul Wahab Abdul Rahman, 34, from Taman Sungai Emas, Simpang near here, is charged with trafficking in four Indian nationals and an Indonesian woman and subjecting them to forced labour at Restoran Nasi Kandar Nur Amin in Jalan Taman Kami C, Aulong on April 17 at 5.05pm.

The five are Thankappan Sankar, Balachandar Chellakannu, Saravanan Raman, Muthu Pandian Jeyaraman and an Indonesian woman, Rika Karo Karo, who are aged between 20 and 35.

Abdul Wahab’s wife, Mazzuen Abdul Majid, 32, is alleged to have abetted him on the five counts.

The charges under section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act carry a jail term of not more than 15 years and a fine, upon conviction.

Judge Azuar Che Yusof set bail of RM50,000 in one surety for Abdul Wahab and RM40,000 in one surety for Mazzuen, pending trial on September 5, 6, 7 and 10. — Bernama



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