Peace and Freedom

The prosecution in a high-profile maid abuse case in Hong Kong has said the employer starved, tortured and refused to pay her young Indonesian maid.

Former Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih rests at a hospital in Sragen, Indonesia. (File photo: AFP/Anwar Mustafa)

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong employer accused of starving and beating her Indonesian maid treated the woman as an “unpaid slave”, prosecutors said Tuesday (Jan 20) on the last day of hearings in a case which has shocked the city.

In the course of the six-week trial, 23-year-old Erwiana Sulistyaningsih described in vivid detail how she was “tortured”, living for months on nothing but bread and rice, sleeping only four hours a day and being so badly beaten by her then-employer Law Wan-tung that she was knocked unconscious.

Pictures of Sulistyaningsih, who was admitted to hospital in Indonesia last January emaciated and in critical condition, sparked widespread anger in…

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