Malaysian police have rescued eight women enslaved at a tearoom and a massage parlor in Kuala Lumpur, Tuoi Tre quoted an anti-slavery organization as saying Monday.
Initial information showed that the women were hired from Vietnam to work at the places run by a Vietnamese woman and her Malaysian husband, according to the news source.
The women were promised good pay and working conditions, but the couple confiscated all their documents upon arrival in Malaysia and forced them to work unpaid from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
After three months, one of the women managed to contact her older sister in the US who then notified the US-based office of the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA).
On September 28, the CAMSA office in Malaysia cooperated with local police to rescue the women.
CAMSA was founded in February, 2008 by the International Society for Human Rights, the Vietnamese Canadian Federation, the US Committee to Protect Vietnamese Workers, and the Boat People SOS. It works to combat human trafficking in Southeast Asia.