37-year-old Filipino domestic helper physically abused by female employer within a year


11th June 2021 – (Hong Kong) Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body (AMCB) recently stated that it received a 37-year-old Filipino domestic helper Eden’s request for help, saying that during more than a year of work, she was abused by her female employer and many scars were left on her body. The Filipino domestic helper came to work in Hong Kong for the first time and had to take care of the child at the home of the employer who was a female high school teacher.

Whenever the child was crying, the employer would scold her and even slapped her face more than ten times in a row. The victim also stated that the employer prohibited her from going out on rest days throughout the year. At the end of last month, Eden took the opportunity to escape from the premises and called the police for help. She is currently living at the premises provided by the Philippine Consulate.

Dolores Balladares Pelaez, spokesperson for the AMCB, said that in the 14-month contract, Eden was forbidden to go out on a rest day and was only allowed to rest for two hours in the employer’s study room that day, which was also her sleeping place at night. Dolores said that Eden was abused by female employers due to crying of the baby or failing to finish the meals. She was beaten with a frying pan and her face, back, chest and legs were also injured.

After being abused for more than a year, Dolores explained that Eden was afraid of losing her job but finally, she fled on 30th May and went to the police station to file a report. Rhe female employer was detained for several hours before being released on bail.

Dolores said Eden’s visa was extended free of charge and her ex-employer is banned from hiring foreign domestic helpers again.