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A crime against Tania's humanity

Keruah Usit

Published
Modified 5 May 2009, 6:02 am

Tania was in Form Four when she first visited a timber camp. She was a lively girl of 15, well-liked among her schoolmates. Like all her friends, Tania enjoyed swimming, playing netball and making fun of boys in her small rural school in Sarawak. Like many teenage girls, she was impatient to grow up, see the world, meet the man of her dreams and start a family of her own.

the antidote article sarawak native logging school children 280409 06 At the end of one school term, four years ago, when all the children were returning to their far-flung villages, Tania was picked up by a 4x4 truck.

A large timber company, which was operating a concession in her village's area, owned the truck. The driver should have sent Tania back home, three hours' drive by logging track. Instead, the driver took her to one of the timber camps about an hour's drive of her school.

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