An Indonesian domestic helper has been arrested on drugs charges after her employer reported her suspicious behavior to the police, Sing Tao Daily reported over the weekend.
The maid, a 37-year-old who bears the first name Herni, was taken into custody from a house at Wonderland Villas in Kwai Chung, according to the report.
Her employer grew suspicious as the maid, who began work just a few days ago, was spending an inordinate amount of time in the bathroom.
On the morning of Jan. 15, when the employer opened the bathroom door she felt a strong and pungent acidic odor.
The employer, a female identified as Au Yeung, then recovered a piece of aluminum foil left behind inside the bathroom, which was tainted with some unidentified powder.
This led Au Yeung to believe that her maid might be involved in some illegal drugs. She called the police for assistance immediately.
Police arrived at the flat and conducted a search on Herni’s belongings. They found a small quantity of opium in her handbag, prompting them to place her under arrest.
Authorities are now trying to trace the source of the drug and determine if any cartel is involved.
Leung Hing-ki, chairman of the Hong Kong TKI Association, a group that provides support to Indonesian domestic helpers, said he was shocked at the incident, which he described it as a rare case of a maid abusing drugs.
Since the income of domestic helpers is low, illegal drugs are something deemed to be financially unaffordable for the maids, he said.
It is possible that Herni may have been given the substance by some friends during a holiday, and that she might have been trying it out of curiosity, he said.
Leung said he would like to remind all newly arrived Indonesian maids in the city to make new friends wisely and not to accept or try out any unknown substances.
They are also urged not to take baggage on behalf of their friends while crossing borders, so as to avoid becoming potential carriers of banned substances.
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