Sunday, August 24, 2014   

Domestic helper Erwiana makes Time Magazine list
(04-25 13:01)

The Indonesian domestic helper -- who's accused a former employer of abuse -- has been named as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.
The magazine described Erwiana Sulistyaningsih as a brave woman for speaking out against her employer and advocating for better laws to protect other maids.
Erwiana responded through the union saying she's happy to have been chosen by Time Magazine.
But, she said many people still treat their helpers like slaves.
She said she hopes her experience will inspire other domestic helpers to speak up and seek help if they're treated unfairly.
Cynthia Abdon-Tellez, General Manager of the Mission for Migrant Workers -- an organisation that has assisted Erwiana -- said she hoped the news would lead to a rethink of government policies that left domestic helpers open to abuse.
Erwiana's employer, Law Wan-tung, was earlier charged with wounding with intent, common assault and criminal intimidation over the alleged abuse of three Indonesian maids.
She will appear in court again on Tuesday. --RTHK   
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