Erwiana Sulistyaningsih

Erwiana finishes helping police with 'abuse' case and heads home

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 April, 2014, 5:08am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 April, 2014, 7:59am

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the Indonesian domestic helper allegedly tortured by her employer, has finished helping police with their investigation and will leave the city tomorrow.

The Justice for Erwiana and All Migrant Domestic Workers Committee read out a statement by Erwiana yesterday, in which she said she hoped to make a quick recovery and thanked the city's migrant workers and Hongkongers for their support.

"I hope the support is not only given to me but also to all migrant workers so that justice is given to all," she said in the statement.

Erwiana's former employer, Law Wan-tung, 44, is to appear in court on April 29 to face charges of causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and four counts of criminal intimidation against three domestic helpers.

The committee said it was not known whether Erwiana would return for the hearing.

Police chief Andy Tsang Wai-hung said the force had finished its investigation of the case.

Law has also been charged under the Employment Ordinance with offences relating to unpaid wages and holidays owing. Tsang said these charges would be handled separately.

Sringatin, a spokeswoman for the committee, called on the Hong Kong and Indonesian governments to review their laws to give foreign domestic workers a better environment.

She also urged the Labour Department to step up enforcement against employers who underpaid domestic helpers or did not grant them adequate time off.

The committee also reiterated its call for the abolition of a rule that requires foreign domestic helpers to live with their employers. Domestic helpers should also be included in the consultation on working hours, it added.