Runaway maid alleges kidnap




RUNAWAY maid has told judges how she escaped an abusive employer, only to be abducted by rapists who held her captive for more than a week.

The 26-year-old Indonesian appeared at the High Criminal Court yesterday to testify against two Bangladeshi men, who pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, rape, false imprisonment and human trafficking that allegedly took place over an eight day period starting from June 27.

“I ran away from my sponsor’s home in Sitra where I had worked for six months as a maid, because I was being treated badly,” said the victim in her statement to judges.

“As I was leaving, a man came up in his white Toyota pickup and said he would give me a lift.

“I told him that I was okay and did not need any help, but he snatched my pursue and put it in his car.

“He then got out and pushed me in as I started to scream.”

The victim claims she was taken to a flat in Sitra and left with another Indonesian woman, who had also been abducted, before being moved to an apartment in Manama.

“Another Bangladeshi man then locked me in this second apartment – it was very small and had a small toilet,” she said.

“I asked him why I was there and he told me ‘you are here because I will have sex with you now’.

“He then told me that he bought me for BD200 from my kidnapper.

“I started to scream at the top of my voice and tried to escape but he beat me up.

“He raped me four times during the time I was held captive in the apartment.

“He also called his friend and he raped me as well.

“I told them that they were animals and asked how could they do this to me.

“It was the holy month of Ramadan and I was being raped every day – they were toying with me like a puppet.”

The victim added that she was only able to escape with the help of a cleaner after managing to take a phone from one of the men.

The trial was adjourned until December 21 for lawyers to present their final arguments.

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