Hong Kong police to interview 'tortured' maid
Published on Jan 17, 2014 7:23 PM
HONG KONG (AFP) - Investigators from Hong Kong will travel to Indonesia to speak with a woman who left the Chinese city after she was allegedly tortured by her employer, authorities said Friday, adding they will pursue the case "relentlessly".
Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, a 22-year-old former domestic helper, was reportedly left unable to walk after eight months of alleged abuse at the hands of the employer. She was admitted to an Indonesian hospital in critical condition after returning home last week.
Domestic workers took to the streets of Hong Kong in support of Ms Erwiana Thursday, and demanded better protection for the city's hundreds of thousands of foreign helpers. During the protest, a second maid known only as "Bunga" also came forward to allege abuse at the hands of the same employer - reported to be a woman in her forties who lives with two teenage sons and a husband who is often away - four years ago.
Authorities promised action and have said police officers will be sent to Indonesia to speak with Ms Erwiana.
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