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HER BACK was splashed with boiling water and she was also whipped with a belt.
The ordeal suffered by Ms Win Faidah, an Indonesian maid working in Penang, Malaysia, didn't just end there.
The 26-year-old was allegedly turned into a sex slave and forced to have sex with her employer, reported Malaysian newspapers.
Her employers, a 41-year-old contractor and his wife, 36, have been detained by police.
"It took us almost a week to find the couple as the maid has problems remembering where her employers' house is," Penang's north-east district police chief, Assistant Commissioner Gan Kong Meng, said at a press conference on Saturday.
The couple have been remanded till tomorrow to assist in investigations. They are expected to be charged with causing grievous hurt and rape.
Mr Gan said Ms Win, who looks skinny and traumatised, has burn and scald marks on her back and chest.
She had worked for the couple, who live in Jelutong, since February. In May, she started getting abused.
The couple were said to be unhappy with her as she was slow and the laundry wasn't clean.
Ms Win claimed that she was also raped several times by the husband, who has three previous convictions for drug and criminal offences.
She claimed that the wife didn't stop him and would even watch and beat her up if she refused, reported New Straits Times.
Police have seized an iron, a belt, a bedsheet and a comforter from the couple's house.
Ms Win, who is from East Java, was found loitering by the roadside in Nibong Tebal on Sept 12, with blood dripping from her wounds.
The couple allegedly took her there in their Toyota Camry and abandoned her, giving her an envelope containing RM30(S$13).
Throughout the journey from the employers' house, her head was pressed down so that she won't remember the places she passed by.
A good Samaritan at a housing estate then took her to a nearby police station to lodge a report.
The Assistant Commissioner said police arrested the couple at 9.15pm on Friday, after five days of trying to locate their apartment.
Ms Win couldn't tell the police her employers' address.
They took her to the area, but still she was unable to identify the house.
Police had few clues from her, reported Guang Ming Daily.
They knew only the husband's name, that they live on the third floor and that there are figurines of deities in their house and car.
"We had to take many pictures of apartments in Jelutong to show her," said Mr Gan.
Police also took pictures of residents in Jelutong and showed them to her for several days. On the fourth day, Ms Win wept when she saw a photo of her employer.
"Once the apartment was identified, we asked around the neighbourhood before the suspects were nabbed," said the Assistant Commissioner.
Ms Win received medical treatment at Penang Hospital and is said to be in a stable condition. At the hospital on Saturday, she pleaded with reporters to give her some privacy.
Meanwhile, the husband's father, who doesn't live with him, insisted that his son and daughter-in-law are innocent.
He added that the maid had been behaving weirdly, singing and dancing by herself.
He even asked his son if she was crazy, reported Guang Ming Daily.
This article was first published in The New Paper.