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Siblings held over Indonesian maid death in Malaysia

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

A brother and sister have been arrested over the death of a young Indonesian who was allegedly abused in Malaysia, police said today. is a magnet for migrant workers but salaries are low and employees are not protected by labour laws. In recent years the country has seen a series of cases involving mistreatment of domestic workers including deaths. Police identified the victim as a 21-year-old called Adelina who had been working in for two years. Her head and face were swollen and she had wounds to her hand and legs, a police document said. A woman and her brother, both in their 30s, are under investigation following the deatht in northern Penang state, Nik told AFP. Adelina died on Sunday in hospital a day after she was rescued by a migrant workers' protection group, local reports said. relies on an estimated two million Indonesians who toil in plantations, in construction, in factories and in homes -- both legally and illegally. In 2014 a Malaysian couple were sentenced to hang for starving their Indonesian to death. Two years earlier a Cambodian was starved to death by her employers, who received a 24-year jail sentence. has taken some steps to improve the welfare of domestic workers, including requiring them to have at least one day off a week and increasing minimum monthly salaries to 700 ringgit ($176).

But activists say enforcement is difficult.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 15:50 IST