A 39-year-old single mother from Kulai who prostituted her daughters, aged 10 and 13, was sentenced to 75 years’ jail yesterday, according to a Malaysian daily.
The woman pleaded guilty to forcing her daughters to have sexual intercourse with two Bangladeshi men while she watched at a budget hotel in Larkin Perdana, Johor Baru for five days in October.
The mother received received RM50 (US$11.93) for each of the girls, and paid her daughters between RM1 and RM20 following each session.
Police arrested the woman in her home at Taman Bintang after her eldest daughter reported that her mother was selling her to foreign men via a WhatsApp message to her school. The girl has been absent from school for 18 days at the time and officials from her school quickly notified the police.
Five Bangladeshi men were also arrested in connection with the case shortly thereafter, on 1 Nov.
Representing herself in court, the mother had pleaded that the court sentence her to just a fine since she needed to care for her two younger children, aged four and five.
Deputy public prosecutor Suhaila Shafi’uddin asked the judge to give her a sentence that reflects her serious crime:
“It is clear the two girls are traumatised by the incident. We want a sentence that not only serves as a lesson to the accused, but also the whole community as well as all parents.”
Judge Kamarudin Kamsun sentenced the woman to 15 years’ jail for each charge against her. The mother will serve a total of 75 years’ in jail, since some of the sentences will run concurrently.