Filipino Domestic Helper Sues Her Ex-Employer Convicted of Indecent Assault

A Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong has filed a lawsuit against her former employer over her failure to provide her with safe working environment, two Chinese-language newspapers reported.

The maid accused her employer, surnamed Ng, for her failure to take responsibility as an employer to protect her from falling victim of an indecent assault perpetrated by Ng’s husband, Lee Man-biu, 66, according to a report by Sing Tao Daily.

The maid also raised the indecent assault conviction of Lee in the writ, Apple Daily reported. The writ did not disclose how much the plaintiff is seeking.

The unnamed Filipina said she was indecently touched by Lee on a day in March 2014 and was reportedly raped on October 13 in the same year. She said Lee’s wife and daughter spent five days a week in mainland China because of their jobs, leaving the retired Lee alone with her in an apartment in Sham Tseng in New Territories.

With the help of her phone’s video camera to capture evidence, Lee was convicted on one count of indecent assault last April and sentenced to two-and-a-half months in jail. However, the rape charge was dropped after the jury accepted the defendant’s argument that the woman offered him sex for HK$500.

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