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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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HK-Explorer
Why does it mean that HKP are biased because they did not lay charges against the professor? Maybe no charges were laid because there was no evidence? The police are fully aware that domestic helpers are amazing at making up stories and turning on tears on demand. It is very common and probably occurs on an hourly basis.
Because of domestics helpers warranted reputation of lying that when a legitimate complaint comes up no one believes them. It is just like the childhood story "the boy who cried wolf".
scmpcuty
These evil employers should be brought to justice for inflicting such cruelties! It is alarming that these type of atrocities would go on in a home in Hong Kong behind closed doors! I hope this helper will summon the courage to speak up and stand up for this type of torture. Shame on you, Hong Kong.
john.hammond.792
HI IRDHK...
I think you need to speak up for your self before you shout in public,
Or you are the family who a bused the helper. you are making on AMAZING STORY
Not the helper. she is the victim not a MOVIE like what you think. evidence are on her NOT IN YOUR MIND AND NOT IN YOUR STORY OR YOUR HAND.
You need to learn more before you speak up.
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.
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.
wumao
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.
wumao
You seem to be unaware of what has happened in Hong Kong recently. One Hong Kong couple were branded 'cruel and vicious' by a judge in September last year when he jailed the husband to three years and three months and the wife to five years and six months for abusing their helper for a period of TWO YEARS. THIS HAPPENED IN HONG KONG.
AnthonyNg
Are there laws to extradite the employer to Indonesia ? Let the indonesian take care of her !
Hong Kong law system is a failure !
HK-Explorer
Hong Kong is the safest place to walk at night. Period! There is no question on how amazing Hong Kong police are! They are best.
john.hammond.792
****hkhelperscampaign.com/hk-law-fails-helpers/

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