|HK cops play catch up after giving brush-off to complaint from abused Indonesian helper’s agency
Hong Kong Police, who have admitted not having investigated a complaint by an Indonesian domestic helper's agency about injuries she suffered at the hands of a cruel Hong Kong employer, have set off to Indonesia to interview the 23-year-old girl along with Labour Department officials.
The helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (Pictured) alleges serious abuse by her employers and pictures of horrific injuries to her feet, hands and face have made international headlines that denounce Hong Kong’s treatment of helpers from foreign countries including Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand and elsewhere.
News reports last week cited police admitting that a complaint by the employment agency on January 12 had not been investigated. Police have blamed the agent for not offering evidence about the injuries.
RTHK reports that police say they will interview the woman and obtain medical reports from her doctors.
The helper’s plight and pictures of her wounds have galvanized migrant worker bodies and activities into a series of demonstrations in the city. A lawsuit is also being planned.
The woman claims she had not been paid and that her family was threatened with death if she complained.
Since her story became public other helpers who also have worked for the same family have emerged with horror stories of their own.
Amnesty International in November condemned the “slavery-like'' conditions faced by thousands of Indonesian women who work in the Asian financial hub as domestic staff and accused authorities of “inexcusable'' inaction, AFP reported earlier.