A 28-year-old Indonesian domestic helper was on Monday sentenced to three months in jail after she was accused of live-streaming a video of children bathing while under her watch.
An Eastern Magistrates’ court heard earlier that the maid, Yuni Kristiani, worked for a family living in a flat in the City Garden estate in North Point.
On Dec. 1, 2017, when she was bathing her employer’s children, two boys and one girl whose ages ranged from 5 to 7, she broadcast the scene to her Facebook account.
In the clip which later spread online, the maid is seen checking her phone multiple times.
She is also heard denying she was filming them when asked by one of the children.
After receiving the clip from a neighbor, the children’s mother called the police and had the maid arrested.
Following the arrest, the maid admitted having taken the clip, which was later taken down.
She was originally charged with publishing child pornography before the police changed it to obtaining access to a computer with dishonest intent.
During the court hearings, Yuni pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining access to a computer with dishonest intent, hk01.com reports.
Seeking leniency for his client, the defense lawyer said the maid underestimated the legal consequences of her actions and that she felt very regretful.
The lawyer added that Yuni is a single mother with two children back home in Indonesia, and that the incident already cost her a job, which was the first one she had after she came to Hong Kong to work in 2016.
The maid’s male employer also wrote a letter to the court, saying she had performed well in her job and that the family had forgiven her.
However, the magistrate said the case was serious as it involved breach of trust and infringement of the children’s privacy, plus the fact that the clip was circulated on Facebook, although there was no money or pornography involved.
Hence she was given a three-month jail term and ordered to begin her sentence immediately.
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