Foreign domestic workers make up around 3 per cent of the Hong Kong population. In 2013, there were some 320,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, of which 50 per cent were from the Philippines, 47 per cent from Indonesia, and the rest from Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Hong Kong law states that such workers must reside with their employers. Their wages are subject to a statutory minimum of HK$4,010 per month from September 30 last year. There have been several high-profile court cases in which domestic workers have alleged torture and abuse at the hands of their employers. According to a 2013 report by Amnesty International, Indonesian migrant domestic workers are at risk of serious human and labour rights violations in Hong Kong.
Social activists have launched a campaign to fight for sweeping changes to the treatment of foreign domestic helpers amid anger over torture alleged to have been inflicted on an Indonesian maid by her employer.Tuesday, 21 January, 2014, 10:42am 8 comments
Six Hong Kong police and labour officers set off for Indonesia on Monday morning as a criminal investigation into the alleged torture of a maid by her Hong Kong employer got underway.21 Jan 2014 - 10:42am 8 comments
The Indonesian domestic helper who claims she suffered eight months of torture at the hands of her Hong Kong employer may sue the city's government. Representatives of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, who is in hospital back home, claim the city's human rights laws could have been breached.21 Jan 2014 - 10:41am 44 comments
Thousands of foreign domestic workers and supporters of the Indonesian maid at the heart of torture allegations rallied yesterday to demand justice for Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and the prosecution of the employer accused of abusing her.21 Jan 2014 - 10:41am 25 comments
Labour chief Matthew Cheung Kin-chung has flatly rejected calls to lift the live-in rule for foreign domestic helpers. Last week's news that another maid had been abused sparked the latest demands from domestic helpers to allow them to live away from their bosses.21 Jan 2014 - 10:41am 20 comments
An international news magazine has headlined a reference to Indonesian maids as Hong Kong's modern-day slaves. This was prompted by alleged serial assault of a maid by her local employers, widely reported here and abroad. It is unfair to most employers and an undeserved slur on the city's reputation. Nonetheless, such abuse must be condemned in the strongest terms.21 Jan 2014 - 10:39am 3 comments
The Hong Kong government has vowed to step up monitoring of employment agencies for foreign domestic helpers after two Indonesian maids alleged that their Hong Kong employer had tortured them separately.21 Jan 2014 - 10:39am 9 comments
You will hear all kinds of excuses and defences about how Hong Kong has better legal protection for foreign maids than most other jurisdictions. Officials, agents and bosses will circle their wagons, insisting what happened was an isolated incident rather than something widespread.21 Jan 2014 - 10:38am 23 comments
An Indonesian domestic helper who claims she worked for the employer accused of torturing Erwiana Sulistyaningsih revealed yesterday that she had suffered similar beatings and death threats in 2010.21 Jan 2014 - 10:38am
Laws designed to protect maids ignored
I could not agree more with Geoff Carey's letter regarding the vulnerability of domestic helpers in Hong Kong ("Maids will be at mercy of agencies", January 1).
I especially want to direct attention to his point that Hong Kong does have rule of law, "but its effectiveness depends on enforcement".7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am 3 comments