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Erwiana Sulistyaningsih
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Hong Kong police to go to Indonesia to interview Erwiana about abuse claims

Testimony about her alleged abuse to be taken as a third helper's case surfaces

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 January, 2014, 3:57am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 January, 2014, 10:36am

Four Hong Kong crime-squad officers will leave for Indonesia as early as Monday to take testimony from a maid who says she was tortured in Hong Kong, although her employer has denied the allegations.

The move came as the government vowed to strengthen checks on employment agencies for foreign domestic helpers and as details emerged of another allegation of abuse involving an Indonesian maid and her Hong Kong employer.

Expressing concern over Erwiana Sulistyaningsih's (pictured) case, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said any employment agency not in compliance with regulations would have its licence revoked.

"On this, the government will not be light-handed," Cheung said. "We do not tolerate any abuse and exploitation of foreign domestic helpers. They are part of the local workforce and we have the responsibility to protect them."

Erwiana, 23, alleges she was beaten, burned and tortured by her employer. The injuries were so severe she sought treatment upon returning to Indonesia at a Sragen, Java, hospital, where she is recovering.

A second maid, who gave her name as Bunga, says she also endured similar abuse from the same employer.

A third case of abuse surfaced yesterday involving allegations against a different employer, Professor Mak Chan Shuk-yin, an associate college head and dean of students at Chinese University's United College.

She was accused of beating her 50-year-old maid at her home in the Chinese University's staff quarters on November 23. The helper, who allegedly suffered head and leg injuries, made a report to police the next day.

After inquiries, police arrested Chan, 57. She was granted bail and was not charged. She is required to report back to police later this month.

In Erwiana's case, a police source said her 44-year-old employer denied the assault in a brief interview with officers on Sunday.

"Documents were also shown to our officers indicating the maid quit of her own accord and had returned to Indonesia," he said.

On Sunday afternoon, staff from the Indonesian consulate and Erwiana's employment agency were not allowed in when they went to the employer's home in Beverly Gardens in Tseung Kwan O to ask about the alleged assault.

Neighbours have told police they were unaware of any abuse.

Yesterday, police appealed for anyone with information on the case to contact the Kwun Tong district crime squad on 3661 1622.

Watch: Hong Kong domestic helpers demand justice for 'tortured maid'

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jacobsfleung
If this case was not reported oversea, I am sure Hong Kong police will not do anything. Most Chinese employers are very mean indeed.
chanalin45
The sad side of humanity is forgotten
but hongkong police investigation process fast and good appreciation
hopefully there is a justice for Erwiana
we pray for you
blue
"There is an abundance of evidence- the testimony of TWO helpers, and the physical injuries. The employer should indeed get due process. The employer should be arrested and have her/his day in court."

Calm down. The police are doing their job and the employer will surely be arrested. They're not going to walk away from this.
blue
"Everyone has again jumped to a conclusion, all the evidence so far has been less than concrete. (Injuries yes, but committed by whom? Every maid has a phone [fact!], couldn't anything have been recorded?). The second maid, Bunga said she had sustained similar abuse from the same employer. If abuse was reported to the agency (and not police), I doubt the agency would refer another maid to the same client. Employers get black listed now a days right? Also, maids in the same building/complex often become friends, no chatter there?
Employers torturing maids, maids running into financial difficulty, bf/gf problems etc could all be the case. Let's just wait until everything unfolds."

I agree. The commenters who are so quick to judge are so annoying. It seems these morons don't understand due process.
helen1011
Not every maid has a phone, my mother once hired a domestic helper when I was ten (about 7 years ago) she was being tortured, yes, tortured, not allowed to rest on time, had to wake up real early and being beaten up. She had a phone but had to keep it secretly, until one day my mom found out and threw it out the window. That domestic helper loves me so much she wants to stay with me and protect me from being hurt by my mom so she didnt say a word and swallowed all the insults until her contract is done and wasnt prolonged by my parents.
Yknot
There is an abundance of evidence- the testimony of TWO helpers, and the physical injuries. The employer should indeed get due process. The employer should be arrested and have her/his day in court.
meoii
Everyone has again jumped to a conclusion, all the evidence so far has been less than concrete. (Injuries yes, but committed by whom? Every maid has a phone [fact!], couldn't anything have been recorded?). The second maid, Bunga said she had sustained similar abuse from the same employer. If abuse was reported to the agency (and not police), I doubt the agency would refer another maid to the same client. Employers get black listed now a days right? Also, maids in the same building/complex often become friends, no chatter there?
Employers torturing maids, maids running into financial difficulty, bf/gf problems etc could all be the case. Let's just wait until everything unfolds.
martin.bctest
Nope. In the slightest chance that the maid inflicted the wound herself then why didn't the employer notice it and send her to hospital ? How could the employer keep the maid months after months with visible lacerated skins, open wounds, and walking disability ? Agency couldn't care less about abuse. If there's cash there's flesh.
Yknot
Your comments show a lack of awareness of how agencies operate. They are not on the side of helpers. They are more interested in making money than protecting helpers.
daikerdy
this all is dirty politics of agencies and NGO's ... nothing truth in it... its way to force ImmD to change policy....only.... these are actresses of the Drama... such a injured person went unnoticed from our eagle eyed security personal at Air port, from proud able police officers, sensitive than a censers IMMD officers? while she was not able to walk even???... come on dont joke that big about our loving HK.... forigin forces are exploiting FDH's in HK... its crystal clear... its big biz of so called NGO's, missions ....plz HK GOVT be wise... save our people from this dirty tricks ...

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