Central Police Sibu in Sarawak, Malaysia, where the investigation is being carried out. Photo: Google Maps

A 40-year-old man in Sarawak, Malaysia, is being investigated over the alleged rape of an illegal Indonesian migrant worker who asked for help when police raided the man’s home.

The 40-year-old man of Chinese origin, who was initially arrested on Sunday by Malaysian police for allegedly hiring illegal Indonesian migrant workers, is now under investigation over the suspected rape of one of the six women found at his house.

On April 1, police raided the man’s home in Sibu, Sarawak, where they found six Indonesian women, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.

One of the women, who is in her twenties and was found to be working in the man’s grocery store, sought police help and told officers she had been raped multiple times by her employer between November 2016 and March 2018.

She claimed the latest assault happened in early March. She told police she had been watching television in the living room during the evening when her employer asked her to go to his bedroom.

He hugged her and told her he wanted to have sex with her, she told police. She said she refused, but was slapped in the face. However, the woman said she was afraid and had sex with the man and afterwards her employer forced her to take two contraceptive pills.

Malaysian police are investigating the allegations and the five other women who were detained have been assisting inquiries.