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Hong Kong employers in court case over abused migrant worker

January 2014, 23
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Hong Kong employers in court
It is a story which has shocked Asia and caused hundreds of thousands of Migrants in Hong Kong to take to the streets to protest. A female Migrant Domestic Worker who was attacked by her Hong Kong Employers has sparked many to question and demand rights to migrant workers in Hong Kong.

The employers who distributed the abuse on the 23 year old migrant women had their hour in court today, date 22nd January 2014 though are yet to make any comment regarding the case. Both left court masked and hidden from public view after their families gathered the money to pay their bail.

They allegedly beat the woman, named Erwinia Sulistyaningsih with various household objects such as a vacuum cleaner, mop and smaller utensils due to her not working to their standards. They also repeatedly pushed the woman's head into a wall and made threats to harm and even kill her family, the court was told.

Erwinia was said to be in a critical condition when she arrived at hospital. She suffered many injuries such as brain swelling, nose fractures, broken jaw and missing teeth at the hands of her employers.

The case is set to continue for several weeks and will receive much media coverage. This could be a whole revolution for the Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong whom as of yet have very limited rights. Unlike other Migrant Workers whom are in professional occupations, domestic workers can never apply for permanent stay in Hong Kong no matter how long they have worked in the country, this and many other issues are to be considered carefully by Immigration Officials.

Currently domestic workers have to find new work within fourteen days after their dismissal from a Hong Kong employer before they are then considered to be in the country illegally, this is why many migrants allow abuse to continue as a life with abuse may be better than the alternative life they would have or did have in their native lands. Those who leave petitions are unofficially blacklisted meaning finding a job will be extremely difficult for them.

The employers of Erwinia are set to enter their plea by the end of the week, it is unclear as of yet what that will be but there is sufficient evidence against the man and wife meaning a plea of not guilty is unlikely.

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