Malaysian authorities arrested a man on Sunday after the family of his 18-year-old Cambodian maid reported him to local and Cambodian NGOs for allegedly raping her, the Community Legal Education Center said yesterday.
Moeun Tola, program manager at CLEC, told the Post he had received a complaint on Friday from the girl’s parents asking the NGO to intervene on their daughter’s behalf.
“She called her parents after she was raped by the husband of her landlady [and employer], and her parents called us to help her,” Tola said. “Then we contacted our NGO partner in Malaysia [rights group Tenaganita] to intervene.”
The 18-year-old victim told the Post yesterday her Malaysian employer’s husband, Liew Fos Ching, had attempted to rape her once before, but gave up when her struggles attracted the attention of another family member.
She wasn’t so lucky the second time.
“I requested that the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia intervene with Malaysian authorities to bring serious punishment against the man who raped me,” she said.
But Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Koung said the Cambodian embassy had not received her complaint.
“The Cambodian embassy in Malaysia told me that there was no information given,” he said.
Phone calls to the embassy were not returned yesterday.
The victim said she was 16 in September, 2010, when she travelled to Malaysia through the recruitment agency T&P.
T&P has since had its licence revoked for falsifying the names and ages of minors to send them to work abroad.
This is not the first instance of sexual abuse against maids in Malaysia.
A victim repatriated in February, also 18, reported being raped by a man repeatedly over a two-month period after she escaped an abusive employer.
Ultimately, she became pregnant, and gave birth while held in prison for lacking proper documentation.
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