Date
29 May 2017
The Indonesian maid (inset) was taken to the hospital after giving birth at her employer's flat at The Orchards. Photos: topic.hket.com, internet
The Indonesian maid (inset) was taken to the hospital after giving birth at her employer's flat at The Orchards. Photos: topic.hket.com, internet

Police probe death of infant born to Indonesian maid

Police are investigating the death of a baby born to an Indonesian domestic helper at her employer’s home in Quarry Bay.

A woman surnamed Leung called the police around 7:45 am Wednesday, saying her 28-year-old maid had given birth to a baby boy in her flat at The Orchards on Grieg Road, am730 reported Thursday. She said the infant appeared to be comatose.

When police and paramedics arrived at the scene, the infant was no longer alive.

The maid was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, and the Indonesian Consulate General was contacted to assist in the investigation of the case.

According to police, the maid has been working in Hong Kong for several years.

No one has been arrested in the case, which was classified as “request for police investigation”.

As many domestic workers are not aware they have the right to give birth in Hong Kong, those who get pregnant tend not to tell their employers about their condition for fear of getting sacked, Sringatin, chairwoman of the Indonesian Migrant Workers’ Union, was quoted as saying in a Ming Pao Daily report. 

Domestic workers who are pregnant should discuss with their employers as early as possible about their condition and post-natal plans, Sringatin added.

Citing the law, Leung Hing-ki, chairman of the Hong Kong TKI Association, said employers should allow pregnant domestic helpers to take a maternity leave and not fire them. 

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