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Hong Kong judge rules in favor of abused Philippine domestic worker

Phil Star Global, China, 24 April 2022 - A Hong Kong judge ruled Friday the police had “prematurely curtailed” their investigation of a Philippine domestic worker being exploited by her employer, a biting assessment of the city’s failure to protect victims of human trafficking.

The landmark ruling marks a rare victory for migrant worker activists, who have long argued that the city’s 340,000 domestic workers – mostly women from the Philippines and Indonesia – are acutely vulnerable to various forms of abuse and exploitation.

Last year, Brian Apthorp, a British permanent resident, was convicted of committing indecent assault against his domestic helper – referred to in legal documents as “CB.”

After her win in court, she mounted another legal challenge in July 2021 – this time against the government for failing to properly investigate her more serious accusations of trafficking and forced labor.

High Court judge Russell Coleman on Friday ruled in CB’s favor, saying that authorities had “prematurely curtailed” their investigation into her case.

He also called it “manifestly irrational and unsound” for the police to dismiss the possibility of forced labor.

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Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/04/24/2176315/hong-kong-judge-rules-favor-abused-philippine-domestic-worker

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