Hong Kong domestic helpers demand justice for 'tortured maid'
HONG KONG (AFP) - Domestic workers took to the streets of Hong Kong Thursday, demanding justice for an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her employers and better protection for the city's hundreds of thousands of foreign maids.
Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was reportedly left unable to walk following eight months of abuse in the southern Chinese city and was admitted to an Indonesian hospital in a critical condition last week after returning home.
Her case is the latest in a spate of abuse claims and has renewed concern about the treatment of domestic helpers in the former British colony following recent criticism by rights groups.
"We are very angry. So many cases have happened on Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong," Sring Atin, vice chairperson of Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, told reporters.