DOMESTIC workers are waiting to hear whether their pleas for greater protection against bad employers will be heard by the Government. A catalogue of horror stories of abuse against domestic workers was unveiled yesterday by a coalition group dedicated to combating violence against women migrant workers. Photographs showed a woman with part of a finger chopped off. Another woman had a badly bruised arm. Personal stories included a Thai maid who said that she was asked to massage her male employer and have sex with him or lose her job. Another maid claimed she was assaulted with a broken glass and kept in France against her will for five months after being taken on a short trip to care for a sick relative. But bringing cases against employers was the biggest hurdle, said welfare agencies. ''Often domestic workers do not have the right kind of evidence. ''If they are not injured or have no witnesses it is very difficult for them to bring a case,'' said Remy Borlongen from the Asian Domestic Workers Union. Sceptics say that some domestic workers invent stories to get out of contracts with their employers. But a spokesman for the Asian Migrant Centre said that 99 per cent of cases the centre had helped to bring before Labour Department tribunals had succeeded. She admitted it was hard to know whether the apparent increase in cases of abuse was caused by maids being more willing to report such cases. The Coalition to Combat Violence Against Migrant Domestic Workers is pressing the Government to: Set up an independent inquiry. Institute a policy allowing recruitment agencies and employers to be blacklisted. Ensure there are fair and speedy trials for victims of violence. Ensure that the police force provides more effective protection for migrant workers.