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An Indonesian maid allegedly tortured in Hong Kong hopes to return to the city to help in the investigation against her employer, an official said on Wednesday, as more details of her alleged mistreatment emerged.
JAKARTA: An Indonesian maid allegedly tortured in Hong Kong hopes to return to the city to help in the investigation against her employer, an official said on Wednesday, as more details of her alleged mistreatment emerged.
Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was admitted to hospital in a critical condition in Sragen, on the main Indonesian island of Java, last week after returning home, claiming she had suffered months of abuse in Hong Kong.
The case has renewed concern about the treatment of domestic helpers in the former British colony following recent criticism by rights groups.
Her condition is now improving and medics hope her injuries will be healed in two weeks, Dita Indah Sari, spokeswoman for the Indonesian minister of manpower and transmigration, told AFP.
Sari, who visited her in hospital with other officials, said that the maid had suffered "psychological trauma" due to the abuse, which left her with "pus-filled wounds" on her hands and legs, and unable to walk.
Sulistyaningsih "told us that she was hit in the head, and two of her front teeth were broken after she was punched in the head. She also had a black eye," the spokeswoman said.
She was not given a day off and was only allowed to call her family once for four minutes, and her employer still owes her five million rupiah ($420), Sari added.
Reports in Hong Kong have said Sulistyaningsih could have been abused for up to eight months during her employment with a local family after arriving in May last year.
Hong Kong police said on Tuesday they had launched a criminal investigation after migrant worker groups expressed anger at earlier reports that authorities were not pursuing the case.
Sari said Sulistyaningsih planned to return to the former British colony when she had recovered to help in the probe against her employer's "simply unacceptable" behaviour.
"When she is healthy again, we will accompany her to Hong Kong to lodge a formal report with Hong Kong authorities so they can take action against her employer," she said.
"We are optimistic that the Hong Kong authorities will take firm action against the employer," she said, adding that Indonesian authorities were not considering putting a stop to Indonesian maids working in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city.
Hong Kong is home to nearly 300,000 maids from mainly Southeast Asian countries -- predominantly Indonesia and the Philippines -- and has come under growing criticism from rights groups over their treatment.
Amnesty International in November condemned the "slavery-like" conditions faced by thousands of Indonesian women who work in the Asian financial hub as domestic staff and accused authorities of "inexcusable" inaction.