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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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mcheung
"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." ...... Does it take that many officers to take testimony???? Where is our Auditor General??
wumao
So you agree she was beaten! A good employer would help her get medical treatment. Only an employer with something to hide would put her on a plane out of the country.
There is no evidence to support your speculation.
The maid says the employer beat her. That is evidence. The employer will be prosecuted and imprisoned like the couple who have recently been imprisoned for torturing an Indonesian maid in Hong Kong.
ejmciii
Yes, because it has never happened before. Get a clue. It will be investigated but it is a symptom of a more pronounced disease and HK people refuse to admit it. They are not your slaves. You cannot treat them worse than your dogs. I can only wish people like you have to go through what these people have. That is the shame. An arrogance that does not allow for admission that there is a pervasive view in too much of HK that what is done to the maid is ok because you pay her.
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.
wumao
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.
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 ...
wumao
Yes, Hong Kong is one of the safest places in the world. But not if you are a helper. A 2012 Mission for Migrant Workers Survey found that 58% of helpers had faced verbal abuse, 18% had faced physical abuse and 6% had faced sexual abuse. Helpers allow Hong Kong's middle class to have a double income. The least that Hong Kong can do in return is provide a safe working and living environment for helpers. The figures from the survey show it does not. Shame!
martin.bctest
You're so naive. Some people do hire maids just to kick them around for the fun of it. It makes them feel good when they see those weaker than them scream and cry. Apparently many in HK are such people.
wumao
You say helpers have a reputation for lying. Does this mean Hong Kong Chinese never lie?
ejmciii
Similarly you all here in HK have a warranted reputation for beating and abusing your maids. Not all, but it happens. They are not your slaves and you do make a good buck on the fact that their nation has a lower per capita GDP than HK. People like you do make me sick sometimes.

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