The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 10, 2012
 

Malaysia halfway house shut down after claims of ill-treatment

 
 

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Tales of cramped living conditions, babies-for-sale and young girls having to do household chores after giving birth surfaced after a halfway house for wayward girls and women was ordered to be shut down.

The Kem Modal Insan Kewaja home in Gombak, which had sheltered unwed pregnant teens and women for more than two decades, was ordered closed following complaints that it was not registered and that the inmates were living in poor living conditions and cramped space.

The 69 residents were transferred to welfare department-run homes in the Klang Valley after enforcement officers from the department raided the place on Friday.

The youngest to be taken out was a five-month-old girl.