HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police filed charges Wednesday against a woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid as well as two other former domestic helpers.
Police said the charges against 44-year-old Law Wan-tung include two counts of wounding, one of common assault and three of criminal intimidation.
The injuries suffered by the victim, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, have sparked outrage and highlighted the vulnerabilities faced by foreign domestic workers across Asia and the Middle East.
The case has caught the attention of leaders in both Hong Kong and Indonesia. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he was angry and wanted justice, while Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the city takes any reports of foreign domestic workers being mistreated very seriously.
Sulistyaningsih worked in Hong Kong for only eight months. She was made to wear a diaper and beaten daily until she could no longer work, at which point she was sent back to Indonesia, according to a migrant workers' group in Hong Kong. She returned home with scabs and lacerations covering her face, hands and legs and blackened skin around her feet.
Hong Kong police, who sent four officers to Indonesia to take statements and collect evidence, said they filed charges after a "thorough and in-depth investigation."