KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 — Three women employees of an illegal online gambling website were assaulted, abused, electrocuted and beaten up by their boss, his female partner and six other men after the trio were accused of stealing money.
The three victims, in their 20s, endured 18 hours of horror in their office-cum-home in Fortune Avenue Condominium in Kepong on May 8.
The incident unfolded when one of the three victims, an administrator for the website, called the employer and told him to transfer a gambler’s winnings of RM18,000 to his account.
One of the victims, who wished to be known only as Lee, said the employer came to their makeshift office at 3am together with his partner and six other men along with another victim identified as Lim.
“On entering our unit, he started questioning us about the money which he claimed was missing. We explained we never got involved in any cash transactions as all payments were made online. But he continued accusing us of stealing the money,” Lee said.
“When we defended ourselves, he slapped, kicked and sexually attacked us.”
She said their boss took their mobile phones and wallets, and forced them to strip naked while his female partner took pictures of them.
“He then forced us to transfer whatever we had in our bank accounts to his account, which totalled RM1,000. We were then blindfolded and electrocuted as he continued to ask us about the money.
“Although I was blindfolded, I could hear them video recording us while they continued to beat us. He wanted us to confess we stole the money. We had no choice but to say yes as we could not bear the torture,” she said.
The attackers left after that, but a few hours later, the boss and his partner returned to release them. Before leaving, he warned them not to report the matter to police and threatened to circulate their nude pictures and video on the Internet if they did so.
Lee, however, lodged a report at the nearest police station.
MCA Public Service and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong urged police to track down the suspects.
“Pictures of their boss and his partner were taken off their Facebook accounts and police have his fingerprints as well,” he said.
Chong said the victims told him they were not the first to be abused as they had heard of other staff facing similar ordeal.
Sentul police chief ACP R. Munusamy said police were hunting the suspects and released photos of the employer, Nikkie Tan, and his partner, Brenda Tan.
“We urge them to come forward and assist us with investigations,” he said.