Maristel Pepito was readmitted to hospital in February but died two days later. Photo: Handout

Death of Filipino helper whose chronic illness could have been treated with medication puts focus back on conditions for domestic workers in Hong Kong

  • Mother-of-three Maristel Pepito, 35, was admitted to hospital with pneumonia and signs of lupus about five months after arriving in city
  • She spoke about not getting enough food and rest but did not dare consider breaking her contract as she needed the money, cousin says
Topic |   Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

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Maristel Pepito was readmitted to hospital in February but died two days later. Photo: Handout
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Peace Chiu

Peace Chiu

Peace is a reporter at the Post on the Hong Kong desk, specialising in education and social policies. She joined the Post in 2016, having previously worked in Singapore for 938NOW and Yahoo.