SHAH ALAM, June 4:

Police have detained a foreign worker agent and his wife to assist in investigations into a case related to a report by a domestic worker who lost her baby late last month.

Shah Alam deputy police chief Assistant Commissioner Ruslan Abdullah said the two suspects were detained in Shah Alam yesterday after the baby’s mother, a 33-year-old Indonesian domestic worker, reported the loss of her baby.

The detention of the couple led to the discovery of the decomposing body of a six-month-old baby in a ravine near Genting Highlands this morning.

Ruslan told Bernama that the domestic worker, who did not have legal permits, informed police that her employers had taken the baby, allegedly to be given to a friend.

He said the suspect confessed to police that he had wrapped the dead infant in a plastic bag and placed it in a bag before dumping it in the ravine where it was later found.

Initial investigations found that the baby was born in November following a relationship between the maid and a local man when she was sent to work at his home last year.

Ruslan said that upon discovery of the woman’s pregnancy, the man had asked the agents to take her back, following which she was sent to work elsewhere .

The baby’s body had been sent to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for an autopsy.

The Shah Alam magistrate’s court has issued a remand order on the agent until June 10 for investigation purposes.

Ruslan also said that police had rescued six Indonesians who had been working for the same agent as short-term maids.

Police believe the women had been sexually exploited by the agent and his customers.

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