A 45-year-old Indian woman has been charged in a Session Court in Seremban in Malaysia with forcing three Indonesian women to work at her home and an elderly home since July.

The defendant named R Parameswary, who also owns a home for elderly people, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to three charges under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007, the China Press reported.

The court was told that two victims named Melan Zunia Haryati and Wahyuni were exploited by the accused and forced to work at the elderly home in Taman Bukit Blossom since the evening of July 15.

Parameswary was accused of trafficking a third victim named Sunarmi at about 8pm on September 12 to work at her home in Taman Rahang as a maid.

The accused, who was reportedly a diabetic, was given a lower bail at 8,000 ringgit for the first two charges and 5,000 ringgit for the third charge. She was ordered to report to the Rahang police station on the 15th of every month until her trials, which are due to be completed by late February next year.

If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in jail and be fined.