Hong Kong woman gets 6 years in Indonesian maid abuse case

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2015 11:47 PM

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court has sentenced a woman to 6 years in prison for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that triggered outrage over its brutality.

Law Wan-tung was found guilty earlier this month of 18 charges, including assault, grievous bodily harm, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages or give time off work to Erwiana Sulistyaningsih.

She had also pleaded guilty to one other charge.

In addition to prison, a judge also fined Law 15,000 Hong Kong dollars ($1,930).

Law had no reaction as the judge handed down her sentence.

Sulistyaningsih's case came to light when graphic pictures of her injuries started circulating among Indonesians in Hong Kong.

The case highlighted the vulnerabilities of migrants working as domestic staff across Asia and the Middle East.