HK employers arrested after Filipino maid death in Shenzhen
Police suspect the couple, who live in Kowloon, gave a false statement to immigration officials, as they claimed the maid would only work in Hong Kong
Hong Kong police arrested the employers of a Filipino domestic worker who jumped to her death from a building in Shenzhen on the mainland last month over a suspected conspiracy to defraud case.
On Thursday, the local couple, a 47-year-old man surnamed Gu and a 32-year-old woman surnamed Liu, were arrested in Wanchai, Sing Tao Daily reported. It said they were released on bail but need to report to police in mid-September.
Filipino maid Lorain Asuncion, 28, was employed by the couple living at Island Harbourview in Tai Kok Tsui in Kowloon last October. But the maid had been taken to work on the mainland about five times and stayed around 40 days in Liu’s father’s home in Shenzhen.
Liu’s father came to Hong Kong to visit Liu in July and went back to Shenzhen together with Asuncion, without the couple, on July 22.
On July 24, the maid was found to have “fallen” from the seventh floor of a building in Shenzhen. The employment agency informed Asuncion’s family on the same day.
Police ruled out the matter being a case of human trafficking, but said they suspect the couple gave a false statement to the immigration department, as they claimed that the Filipino maid would only work in Hong Kong, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Hong Kong Employment Agencies Association chairman Cheung Kit-man said domestic workers should only work at a designated address in Hong Kong that the visa and contracted states. The agencies also have a responsibility to remind employers about that regulation.
The Labor Department says if employers make a false statement to the Immigration Department they are liable to prosecuted and could face a fine of up to HK$150,000 (US$17,200) and up to 14 years in jail.