Published: Saturday February 23, 2013 MYT 2:03:00 PM
Updated: Saturday February 23, 2013 MYT 2:12:11 PM
Police obtain four-day remand for 45 arrested for child trafficking
By DERRICK VINESH
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Police obtained a four day remand order for 45 people detained to assist investigations into a child trafficking case.
Butterworth Court registrar Ahmad Faiz Md Zain issued the order till Tuesday at a Bukit Mertajam Magistrate's court here on Saturday.
Investigating officer ASP Rusnah Saidin had applied for the order to carry out investigations under Section 14 of the Anti-Human Trafficking Act 2007.
The detainees aged between 27 and 57, included women.
Police also obtained an interim protection order from the court for two babies to be placed in the Childrens' Protection Centre.
The two babies, who were rescued were also brought to court.
Earlier, the detainees were brought in two police trucks and a van from the central Seberang Prai district police headquarters to the court building in Jalan Betek.
As the suspects were led into the building and about 100 family members surged forward to catch a glimpse of their loved ones.
One family member hugged a relative who was in handcuffs and wept before police officers escorted her aside.
Some of the detainees wept uncontrollably as lawyers approached them to offer legal assistance.
About 10 lawyers, including those from the Legal Aid Bureau, were present at the court.
On Friday, police announced that a Penang-based child trafficking syndicate, which stretches to many parts of the country, had been busted with the rescue of 21 babies and children aged between a month and nine years and the arrests of 43 people.
Two more female suspects were picked up on Saturday.
The children are believed to be from Penang (two), Selangor (seven), Johor (three), Perak (three), Pahang (one), Negri Sembilan (one) and Kuala Lumpur (four).
The racket's bust on Thursday night comes less than two months after police nabbed 36 people from Kedah, Perak and here during a month-long operation that ended on Jan 24 and rescued 10 children aged between two months and eight years.
The syndicate has been active since 2009.
Most of the babies were sold soon after they were born.
The offence carries a jail term of not less than three years and not exceeding 20 years and a fine upon conviction.
21 babies and children rescued from Penang-based ring