The employer who was jailed six years for the abuse of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and another Indonesian maid has accused the Legal Aid Department of turning down her application for aid because of political pressure.
Erwiana Sulistyaningsih is an Indonesian domestic worker who, in January 2014, accused her Hong Kong employer of subjecting her to six months of physical abuse. Erwiana, 23, underwent treatment at the Amal Sehat Islamic Hospital in Sragen, Indonesia, after boarding a flight from the SAR. Photographs of Erwiana's injuries quickly spread through social media and led to a demonstration of thousands of people through Hong Kong's Central district. Police arrested her employer on January 20, 2014, as she tried to board a flight to Thailand.