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'Tortured' Indonesian maid listed on Time's top 100

Published on Apr 25, 2014 2:24 PM
 
Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (centre), 23, is assisted before a press conference at a hospital in Sragen district in central Java island on Feb 5, 2014. Time magazine has named Sulistyaningsih as one of the world's 100 most influential people, putting the spotlight on the city's treatment of its migrant workers. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - Time magazine has named an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer as one of the world's 100 most influential people, putting the spotlight on the city's treatment of its migrant workers.

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, reportedly suffered months of abuse in a case which has renewed concerns over the treatment of domestic helpers in the southern Chinese city and sparked angry protests.

Time magazine hailed Sulistyaningsih's bravery in speaking out against her employer and pushing for laws that better protect maids in Hong Kong.

"It is brave women like her who speak up for the voiceless who will create lasting change," Cambodian activist Somaly Mam said of Sulistyaningsih in the list published on Thursday.

 
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