為 Eden、Ina 和香港所有移工伸張正義
AMCB強烈譴責僱主對待 Ina 及其他移民家務工的暴力行為，並要求及早為她們的個案伸張正義。
這四名印尼移工受僱於一個家庭約兩年或兩年不到的時間。自2020 年 2 月疫情開始，僱主便禁止她們在休息日外出，並要求她們在「家」休息。然而，諷刺的是，僱主經常在周六晚上舉辦派對，邀請很多人到家中。她們被迫長時間工作，從早上 8 點開始做到午夜 12 點。她們的護照和僱傭合約從剛抵港起至整個受僱期間，都被僱主扣起。其中一名工人Ina，她被要求照顧 75 隻狗、8 隻海龜、8 缸魚和鳥，她每天需從早上 9 點工作到凌晨 4 點。 每當男僱主生氣時都不准她睡覺，要她整夜工作；此外，他還經常對她進行身體虐待。在最近的一次虐待之後，Ina 找到了逃跑的勇氣。
這距離我們得知Eden的消息還不到一個月。Eden是菲律賓移工，在香港工作的 14 個月期間，除了被僱主拒絕放假外，還遭受到虐待。Eden多次遭到僱主毆打，她的身體留有被長期虐待的痕跡，因為一些傷口正在或已經癒合，而在她剛逃脫時仍有其他是新傷口。
我們強烈批評香港政府未能保護 370,000 名移民家務工，並且不設任何預防措施，默許虐待發生。我們要求香港政府，必須為他鼓勵僱主將移工像囚犯一樣被關在「家」中的公告和政策負責；因為這促使了 Eden、Ina 和許多其他移工無法得到安全或報告他們所遭受的虐待。香港政府的政策訂明允許移工每週有1天休息日，我們要求必須加強執行此政策，並且將違反此政策的僱主訂為違反刑事法。
我們強烈譴責香港政府以移工「跳工」這不實指控為由，於過去 6 個月內拒絕移工的工作申請，使 850 名已終止合約的移工遭到遣返。Ina、她的同工以及Eden的案例，都顯示了移工因害怕被指控「跳工」後會遭遣返家鄉，因此背負了多少以避免失去工作的風險。香港其他工人都不須活在這種恐懼中，相反，如果他們的工作不安全，他們可以發出通知並找更安全的工作「跳糟」。移民家務工應享有同樣的權利，我們要求香港政府停止「跳工」此不實的指控，反而應調查強迫移工終止合約的生活和工作情況。
HK Asian Migrants alarmed over the increasing number of violence and torture among MDWs
Justice for Eden, Ina and all MDWs in Hong Kong
“Hong Kong is not a safe place for us to work. The government must move swiftly to protect our rights” said SringAtin , spokesperson of Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB) following news of another abused Indonesian migrant domestic workers fleeing their employer.
The AMCB strongly condemns the new case of violence against Ina and all migrant domestic workers by their employers and demands timely justice for their cases.
Four Indonesian domestic workers were employed by one family for two or less than two years. Since COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020, the employer banned them from going out during rest days and made them rest at home. However, ironically, the employers often hosted parties on Saturday night inviting many people to the house. They were made to work very long hours from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight. Their passports and employment contracts were kept by the employers upon their arrival and throughout their employment. One worker, Ina, was made to take care of 75 dogs, 8 turtles, 8 tanks of fishes and birds and worked from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.. Whenever the male employer got angry, she was not allowed to sleep and was made to work throughout the night. Further, he physically abused her regularly. Ina found courage to escape after the most recent abuse.
It has been less than a month since we got news of Eden, the Filipino MDW who was denied her day off and abused by her employer for 14 months of employment in HK. Eden was repeatedly assaulted by her employer. Her body bore signs of prolonged abuse as some of the wounds were healing or had healed while others were still raw by the time she was able to escape.
We strongly criticize the Hong Kong government for its failure in protecting the 370,000 MDWs and allowing abuses to occur without any preventive measures. We demand the HK government must take responsibility for their announcements and policies encouraging employers to keep MDWs like a prisoner inside the house. This ensured that Eden, Ina, and many other MDWs had no ability to seek safety or report the abuse they were experiencing. HK government’s own policy grants 1 day off per week for MDWs and we demand this policy must be enforced and employers who violate this policy must be criminalized.
We strongly condemn the HK Government for denying the job applications and deporting 850 terminated MDWs in the past 6 months over false accusations of job-hopping among MDWs. The cases of Ina and her coworkers and Eden show how much MDWs will take on to not risk losing their jobs and being deported back to their home country in fear of being accused of job hopping. All other workers in Hong Kong do not have to live in fear. Instead if their job is not safe they can give notice and find safer working conditions. MDWs deserve the same right. We demand the HK government to stop with the false accusations of job-hopping instead to investigate the living and working situation of MDWs that are forcing them to terminate their contracts.
As Eden, Ina, and the other MDWs are pursuing justice here in HK, we call on the Philippine and Indonesian consulates in HK to provide all the necessary support to the MDWs and to their families in their home countries. MDWs who chose to pursue justice are unable to work now and cannot send them support to survive. Our own governments must support the workers and their families as it is the government’s own Labor Export Policy that is responsible for sending them abroad. Had there been access to meaningful employment back in the Philippines or Indonesia, they would not have applied to work overseas to begin with.
We will not be silenced, we care for Hong Kong families and the community. AMCB-IMA is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of all MDWs here in Hong Kong. We demand the Labor department, specially the Immigration department to stop putting lives of migrant workers in danger by its own anti migrant policies.
We will continue to share the stories of the struggles and abuse MDWs are facing to educate our members and the wider HK community.
We will rally our members, friends and advocates to call for justice and an end to the violence and torture among MDWs in HK, SringAtin concluded
facebook press conference recap：https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=4160527030690994