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Hong Kong investigators interview 'tortured' Indonesian maid

Published on Jan 21, 2014 2:33 PM

SRAGEN (AFP) - Hong Kong police on Tuesday interviewed an Indonesian maid who was allegedly tortured by her employer in the Chinese city, as the Indonesian president phoned the helper to express his sorrow at the "tragedy".

It came a day after police in Hong Kong arrested a woman accused of abusing the maid, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, and a second Indonesian helper, as she attempted to board a flight to Thailand at the city's airport.

Ms Sulistyaningsih, 23, 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 Hong Kong this month.

The case has renewed concern about the treatment of maids in Hong Kong and follows a spate of domestic helper abuse cases and strong criticism from rights groups.

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