For all the claims of improved departmental vigilance, the number of women abused or defrauded and left in a bureaucratic quagmire while they await investigation or adjudication of their cases increases. Here are the stories of three typical cases: Indri 'My employer began hitting me with canned goods on the second month of my employment. She said I could not work and always made mistakes. For three days in April she threw cans at me, bruising my right arm, left arm and thighs. She also began slapping and scratching me on the face. She also hit me with a soup ladle. 'On April 20, I had just finished cleaning up the kitchen when the can throwing began. The next day, she did it again. On the third night, my head bled after she hit me with more cans. 'On April 25 I ran away to the police station to report what had happened. I was sent to hospital to treat my head wound. The interpreter came and brought me to this shelter. 'In the four months that I worked for her, my employer would ask me to work for her mother every morning, then go back to her place. I was paid $2,000 a month and allowed no days off. 'I realise even in Hong Kong there must be good people and bad people. Unfortunately I met bad people. My parents in Central Java know what has happened. They just hope everything will be settled soon and beg me to go back home. I have not thought about the future. I want to settle the court case first before I make any decisions.' Indri's case is still under investigation. Darmi 'From the very first day, my employer said she did not like me. She told me I was dirty and smelly. I was underpaid, receiving $2,000 a month, and was given only one day off in the 17 months that I worked for her. I slept in the kitchen. I was supposed to sleep in her daughter's room. 'She would often not give me any food. For a mistake, she would slap me on my head and hands, sometimes with a leather strap. 'In March, I was walking in the street with my employer, who wanted me to walk faster. She pushed me on to the pavement. I hit my left eye on the pavement and my employer just left without helping me. A passer-by saw me and called 999. I was brought to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with a black eye and a headache. 'I have not told my husband and three children in West Java about my problems here. There is no job for me back home. I used to work in a textile factory, but it closed. And I still have to pay $8,000 to the Hong Kong recruitment agency.' Darmi's case is still under investigation. Vonny 'I was hit four times by my employer, from May to June last year, but for each incident I did not seek medical attention. In July, one of my friends noticed a palm mark with five fingers on the left side of my face. I told them my employer hit me. I went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to see a doctor. Then I made a report to the police.' Vonny's case against her employer for two charges of physical assault was dismissed by a judge on March 23. She was granted legal aid to pursue two other charges of physical assault which allegedly led to two fractured ribs. Early last month, she started work for another employer.