Hong Kong mother sentenced to 6 years in prison for abusing Indonesian maid

…and you thought indentured servitude with abusive owners was a thing of the past…

Global News

HONG KONG – A Hong Kong mother of two was given a six-year prison term Friday for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that aroused widespread outrage over its brutality.

Law Wan-tung was sentenced after her conviction earlier this month on eight charges of assault, grievous bodily harm and criminal intimidation against 24-year-old Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in a case that highlighted the vulnerabilities of migrants working as domestic staff across Asia and the Middle East.

Law, 45, had no reaction as the sentence was handed down by District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock, who said “the seriousness of the charges and circumstances of the offences means a lengthy prison time is appropriate.”

The judge fined Law 15,000 Hong Kong dollars ($1,930) for 10 charges of failing to pay wages or grant time off. She had earlier pleaded guilty to one other charge of failing to buy insurance.

Sulistyaningsih’s case came to…

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