Erwiana’s story of torture and abuse in one of the world’s glitziest cities is currently rallying thousands in Asia.
After 8 months of being forced to work with no pay in a Hong Kong family’s home, Erwiana’s beaten and broken body was dumped at the city’s largest airport with a one way ticket home and a frightening threat – tell anyone about what happened and your parents will be killed.
Workers such as Erwiana are trapped in a vicious economic cycle making many modern slaves in Hong Kong. Dishonest placement agencies illegally lock the world’s most vulnerable workers in debt, often charging them 7 or 8 months’ wages to be placed, making repayment next to impossible.The good news is that Hong Kong law only allows agencies to charge up to 10% of a worker’s first month’s wage. Unfortunately, the city’s government does not regulate these agencies, which then continue their extortion.
The result? Many domestic workers – both penniless and powerless – become victims of increasingly harsh treatment at the hand of their employers and have nowhere to go for help.
Call on the Hong Kong Government to put in place procedures to regulate and monitor placement agencies right now.