香港移工聯盟 (HK migrant alliance)
The Asian Migrant Coordinating Body（AMCB）發言人Eni Lestari，就香港灣仔區近日雙重謀殺案發出聲明。
案件受害人，分別是25歲印尼旅客Sumarti Ningsih，及逾期留港的30歲前印傭Seneng Mujasih。Sumarti原本去年11月2日返回雅加達，但被發現身亡。當局在英國銀行家Rurik Jutting的灣仔高級住宅單位，一個行李箱中找到其遺體，當時已嚴重腐爛。另一方面，警方接到Rurik Jutting報案後，亦在同一單位，發現Seneng遺體，身上多處刀傷。Rurik Jutting上週六被警方拘捕，正就恐怖的殺戮行為面臨審訊。
06 November 2014HK migrant alliance cries justice for Wanchai murder victims
“We want a thorough and impartial investigation of these murders, and we want the perpetrator to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
This was the statement of Eni Lestari, spokesperson of the Asian Migrant Coordinating Body (AMCB), on the double murder case that occurred recently in Wanchai District, Hong Kong. A British banker, Rurik Jutting, was arrested by police last Saturday and is now facing trial for the gruesome killings.
The victims have been identified as Sumarti Ningsih, a 25-year old Indonesian tourist, and Seneng Mujasih, a 30-year old Indonesian former domestic worker who overstayed her visa in Hong Kong. Sumarti was due to fly back to Jakarta on last November 2, but was later found badly decomposed inside a suitcase in Jutting’s posh Wanchai flat. Seneng’s lifeless body, on the other hand, bore multiple stab wounds and was found in the same flat by police after a call from Jutting.
“This is a clear case of violence against migrant working women in Hong Kong, and regardless of their immigration status and type of job here, and local police and the courts are bound by the Rule of Law to ensure impartiality in prosecuting the case,” she said.
She added that out of economic desperation in Indonesia, many Indonesian women in Hong Kong chose to work in precarious occupations and hazardous conditions just to send money to their families back home.
“Exploitative migration policies in Hong Kong and Indonesia, such as the two-week rule and high agency fees, may sometimes trap migrants into overstaying their visas, making them even more vulnerable to blackmail and extortion by unscrupulous individuals and syndicates,” said Lestari.
She also lambasted the Indonesian government for lacking a sense of accountability on the plight of Indonesian workers abroad and for being silent and passive on the Wanchai case, “seemingly embarrassed by the whole thing and is focusing its own investigation on the background and profession of the victims instead of the crime committed against its nationals”.
“The Indonesian government is such a hypocrite for keeping its hands off the Wanchai murders, when in fact it has been actively selling its citizens abroad to work in such dangerous occupations as domestic caregivers and turning a blind eye to the prostitution of Indonesian women overseas. It makes money off the export and trafficking of its workers, and yet they hardly lift a finger when the migrants get into trouble,” Lestari declared.
She called on the Hong Kong government to regard the crime as a case of violence against women workers. The migrant leader also demanded that the Indonesian government provide support to the families of the victims, one of whom (Sumarti) has a 5-year old child. However, she also said that giving justice to the two slain women should be a long-term quest that does not end with punishment of the perpetrator.
“The bigger crime here is the policy of labor-export, coupled with social inequalities at home that remain unaddressed by the Indonesian government and which consigns the majority of Indonesians to grinding poverty. These are the conditions that force people like Sumarti and Seneng to risk life and limb by working overseas in precarious jobs,” Lestari ended.