Hong Kong police to grill ‘tortured’ maid

January 18, 2014 - 12:13:43 am

HONG KONG: 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 yesterday, adding they will pursue the case “relentlessly”.

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (pictured), 22, was reportedly left unable to walk after eight months of alleged abuse at the hands of the employer. She was admitted to a hospital in critical condition after returning home last week.

Domestic workers took to the streets of Hong Kong in support of her on Thursday, and demanded better protection for hundreds of thousands of foreign helpers.

During the protest, a second maid known only as “Bunga” came forward to allege abuse at the hands of the same employer — reported to be in her 40ss who lives with two teenage sons and a husband who is often away — four years ago.

Authorities promised action and said police officers will be sent to Indonesia to speak with Erwiana.

“Police will be liaising with Interpol to send officers to Indonesia to take a statement from the helper,” Labour and Welfare Minister Matthew Cheung said. AFP