Maid in M’sia returns dead to Indonesia, sans some organs

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JAKARTA: Indonesian Yulfrida Selan went to work as a maid in Kuala Lumpur. Ten months later, she returned home in a coffin.

The family was told that she had committed suicide by hanging herself.

An Australian Broadcasting Corporation report, however, suggests she might have been a victim of human trafficking syndicates and that her organs might have been removed for sale after she was killed.

The report said Indonesian police acknowledged that Yulfrida, 19, had been targeted by a human trafficking ring.

East Nusa Tenggara police spokesman Jules Abast was quoted by ABC as saying that Malaysian police confirmed via an autopsy that Yulfrida’s cause of death was suicide by hanging.

But a second post-mortem examination conducted locally revealed blunt force trauma on the body.

The report, seen by the ABC, shows there was bruising on the girl’s temple, chest, elbow, back and hands.

The report said police confirmed she was the third victim from the East Nusa Tenggara province returned home dead since April.

The ABC report said the family, shocked by autopsy sutures on the girl’s body, demanded the second post-mortem and were concerned her organs may have been trafficked.

The forensic doctor found it difficult to reconstruct sliced organs and the brain, which had all been placed in the chest and stomach cavity.

The ABC report quoted the head of Tusan village, Melky Musu, as saying Yulfrida had been “enslaved and treated like an animal”.

“We would like the government to investigate the case so our worries, pain and concern can be lifted,” he added.

Musu was quoted as saying: “We suspect there are strong indications that the organs inside her body were sold. We don’t want any organs that belonged to her to be used as commodities for trade.”

ABC said a serving East Nusa Tengarra policeman agreed to be interviewed on condition of anonymity, regarding the case of Yulfrida and other victims of human trafficking.

The officer alleged senior police and immigration officers were facilitating human trafficking.

The officer was quoted as saying: “In the detective division, they’d be the number one guy in the division and the same goes in immigration.

“I saw human trafficking suspects who were arrested and detained by police and released after two or three weeks. Then they recruited minors, kids who dropped out of school. The exact same guys.”

Meanwhile, Abast told ABC more than a dozen had been arrested in relation to Yulfrida’s case, including one former policeman.

“From 2015, there are about 30 human trafficking cases that we are currently dealing with,” he said.

Local NGO group PIAR said it had data showing 11,000 people had been trafficked from East Nusa Tengarra since 2009.