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HK housewife hit with more charges in maid abuse case

A Hong Kong housewife has been hit with more charges of abuse of three Indonesian domestic helpers.

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong housewife has been hit with more charges of abuse of three Indonesian domestic helpers.

Among them is Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who has just been shortlisted by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year.

Additional charges were filed against 44-year-old Law Wan-tung, a former beautician.

Apart from assault and injury charges, Law now stands accused of failing to pay her domestic helpers more than US$3,500 in wages, and for not allowing them any rest days.

Law arrived in court in sunglasses and a surgical mask, shielding her face from the media with a newspaper.

No plea was entered, and the case has been adjourned to May 20.

Outside the court house, about 20 protestors called for better protection of migrant workers.

Erwiana, who suffered horrific injuries under her employer, has become a symbol for the city's migrant workers.

Grisly photographs of her battered face and body sparked accusations of "modern-day slavery".

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has also described her treatment as torture, and Time magazine has billed her as the "the migrant worker who fought back", for agreeing to return to Hong Kong to testify. 

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