HK police arrest employer of 'tortured' Indonesian maid
HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong police Monday arrested a woman who allegedly severely injured two Indonesian domestic helper, a day after thousands staged a march in protest at her treatment.
The unnamed woman, a 44-year-old housewife alleged to have beaten domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and another maid, was arrested at the city’s Chek Lap Kok airport as she attempted to board a flight to Thailand. Some media outlets identified her last name as Law.
“At about 4 o’clock today, Hong Kong police arrested a housewife of age 44. She is believed to be (involved) in connection with Erwiana’s case and another abuse on an Indonesian domestic helper in Hong Kong,” police officer Chan Wai-man
told reporters some five hours after police detained the woman. “She was trying to leave Hong Kong for Thailand,” he added.
Ms Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was reportedly abused over a period of eight months while employed by the woman. Media reports said she was unable to walk due to her injuries when she flew home from the southern Chinese city this month.