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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pinay DH testifies in court against employer


Many household workers experience sexual harassment or abuse by their employer but only a few have the courage to report it and fight for their right.  Just like the case of a 24-year old Pinay domestic helper in Hong Kong who testifies in court against her former employer.  This is in line with the trial for the two counts of indecent assault where she is a victim.  Last February 8, the said Pinay was called to be the first witness by the prosecution at Shatin Magistrates’ Courts. This was the first trial day of charges filed against an employer named Ong C.K.
Many household workers experience sexual harassment or abuse by their employer but only a few have the courage to report it and fight for their right.

Just like the case of a 24-year old Pinay domestic helper in Hong Kong who testifies in court against her former employer.

This is in line with the trial for the two counts of indecent assault where she is a victim.



Last February 8, the said Pinay was called to be the first witness by the prosecution at Shatin Magistrates’ Courts. This was the first trial day of charges filed against an employer named Ong C.K.

Identified only as Miss X, the witness recounted two incident in 2016 when she felt "violate" by her 60-year-old employer.

Miss X said the first incident happened on April 30, 2016, her third day of work in Ong's Family.

She said that was around 3:00 pm while she was doing dishes, her male employer asked her if there was anyone else in the house, and she said that there were just the two of them.

The defendant allegedly went to his study room in the house’s fourth floor and buzzed the intercom to ask the witness to bring lemon tea to him.
(Shatin Law Courts Building)
After bringing the tea to her boss, he then asked her if she could give him a massage. She agreed and then he sat on the massage chair. But after agreeing to massage his shoulder and his feet, the defendant allegedly stood up, took off his shorts, grabbed her wrists and placed them on his private part.

“I was shocked and wondered why he took off his shorts,” the witness said through an interpreter.

“Massage it,” Ong allegedly then told the helper.

She added that she could feel his private part as the fabric of his underwear was “flimsy”.

The helper then said she would not do it because what he was asking her to do was “sexual harassment” in the Philippines.

The employer allegedly said that he would be willing to pay her $80 for the service as it was the same amount he usually paid when he had massages outside.

The witness said she took away her hands and then left the study room, telling the employer that she still had some things to do in the kitchen.

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THE SECOND INCIDENT

Miss X said it happened on May 9, 2016, when she and the other Filipino helper were summoned by the employer to the study room and told them about how the monkeys came to the garden and destroy the plants.

She said, the employer then took his rifle and told them that he would teach them to shoot the monkeys.

The other Filipino helper told the employer that she knew how to use the rifle because her husband is a policeman in the Philippines.


The defendant then instructed Miss X how to hold the rifle, and told her to point the gun to the tree in the garden and pretend that it was a monkey. The witness said because she found the gun heavy, her arms would fall, so the employer stood behind her and helped her hold the gun.

While telling her how to pull the trigger she felt his hand fondle her breast.

“It took me by surprise. I felt harassed, violated so I put the rifle down,” she said after demonstrating to the court how she had held the rifle and how she was told to point the gun outside the window.

She and the other Filipino helper then told their employer that they still had some chores to finish downstairs.

Miss X said, she reports both incidents to her employment agency.

She said she was able to report the incidents to the Philippine Consulate after she got in touch with a leader of an OFW group who helped her.

On June 8, 3016, the defendant was arrested by the police.

Magistrate Colin Wong Sze-Cheung adjourned the case for a verdict on February 23.

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