Offending employers escape prison

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 12:00am

I should like to add a postcript to Howard McKay's excellent letter on the subject of domestic helpers (South China Morning Post, July 15).

There are many domestic helpers presently serving prison sentences for contravening the terms of their employment contract by working, under duress in many cases, in their employers' restaurants, shops, factories, etc. There ought to be an equal number of employers in prison for employing them in these unlawful activities, but such is not the case. There must be official figures in existence to illustrate the comparison between, and unequal treatment of, these two classes of offenders. Could the relevant authority publish these figures and explain why there is this disparity?