13 November 2019

Indonesian helper Erwiana back in news after returning to HK

About 50 people protested outside the Indonesian consulate today urging that domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih be allowed to move freely in Hong Kong instead of being confined to the consulate building, the South China Morning Post reported.

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the Indonesian domestic helper allegedly abused by her employer, returned to Hong Kong late Monday afternoon to help with police investigation.

Accompanied by her father, lawyer and friends, Erwiana stayed at the Indonesian consulate in Causeway Bay, after initially disagreeing with the arrangements. Reports have emerged that Erwiana refused consulate accommodation in the beginning, opting to stay at one that is provided by the Mission for Migrant Workers in Hong Kong, but had to give in as she was threatened of being sent back to her home country if she fails to comply with the request.

Both the consulate and local police have denied that they have threatened the maid, but said arrangement was made for her to stay in the consulate under police protection.

The trial of Erwiana’s former employer Law Wan-tung, 44, who was charged with causing serious bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, and four counts of criminal intimidation against three domestic helpers, is scheduled to resume on April 29.

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