Businesswoman charged with human trafficking, pleads not guilty


BUTTERWORTH: A businesswoman pleaded not guilty to a human trafficking charge at the Sessions Court here today.

Tan Poh Gin, 35, was alleged to have trafficked a 19-year-old Indonesian woman, known as Yuliana, in order to exploit her as a forced labour at Restaurant Quan Yong in Taman Seri Emas, Nibong Tebal between January 2015 and Feb 1, this year.

If convicted, the accused faced a jail term of up to 15 years and liable to a fine as per Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

The charge sheet was read to the accused in Mandarin and she pleaded not guilty before judge Norhayati Mohamad Yunus.

The accused broke down when the Deputy Public Prosecutor S. Selvaranjini suggested to the judge not to offer bail.

While sobbing, Tan said she has to take care of her two young children, aged four and seven, and the four-year-old is suffering from fever.

She also said that she has to take care of her business.

Norhayati set bail at RM15,000 with one surety for Tan to appoint a lawyer before the next mention date on April 10.