Maid falls to death while cleaning windows in Hong Kong: police

HONG KONG (AFP) - A foreign domestic helper aged 28 died on Thursday after falling from a residential building in Hong Kong, police said.

They said the helper, whose name and nationality were not given, fell from a building in the Wong Tai Sin district onto a concrete canopy and was certified dead when officers arrived.

"It is understood that she fell off while cleaning windows in a flat," a police statement said, adding the death was not being treated as suspicious.

There have been a series of such deaths over the years in Hong Kong, where most people live in high-rise apartment blocks.

Last August an 18-month-old boy and an Indonesian domestic helper fell to their deaths from the 19th-floor flat where they lived.

Police said the helper was collecting clothes from a drying rack outside the window.

Conditions for the city's 300,000 domestic helpers - mostly from Indonesia or the Philippines - have come under the spotlight recently following cases of abuse.

A Hong Kong mother-of-two was charged Wednesday with a serious assault on her Indonesian domestic helper.

Last September a couple were jailed for savagely beating another Indonesian helper.