Protesters rally for foreign domestic workers' rights
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 01:10
Jan. 23 - Dozens of foreign domestic workers rally in Hong Kong to demand more workers' rights. Julie Noce reports.
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More protests in Hong Kong Thursday to demand greater workers rights for foreign domestic helpers.
Wednesday, a court charged a woman of abusing her maids which included punching, beating and verbally threatening to kill their maids relatives.
Disturbing video of one of the abused maids, a 23 year old named Erwiana, shows her laying in a hospital bed in Indonesia with blackened hands and feet- abuse her doctors say was caused by boiling water.
Protesters say more needs to be done to help protect foreign domestic workers.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EMAN VILLANUEVA, PROTEST ORGANISER AND SECRETARY GENERAL OF UNITED FILIPINOS, SAYING:
"On the part of Erwiana, this is a good development. But also when we talk about the general situation of migrant domestic workers, I think there are still many things that the government could do, especially you know to review and to repeal some of the anti-migrant policies."
Current laws state that maids are required to live on the same premises as their employers and are only allowed two weeks to find new employment before their visas expire and they are required to return home.
The minimum monthly wage for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong is about $516.
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