Maid falls to death while cleaning in Hong Kong

2014-01-23 16:36


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Hong Kong - A foreign domestic helper aged 28 died on Thursday after falling from a residential building in Hong Kong, police said.

They said the helper, whose name and nationality were not given, fell from a building in the Wong Tai Sin district onto a concrete canopy and was certified dead when officers arrived.

"It is understood that she fell off while cleaning windows in a flat", a police statement said, adding the death was not being treated as suspicious.

There have been a series of such deaths over the years in Hong Kong, where most people live in high-rise apartment blocks.

Last August an 18-month-old boy and an Indonesian domestic helper fell to their deaths from the 19th-floor flat where they lived.

Police said the helper was collecting clothes from a drying rack outside the window.

Conditions for the city's 300 000 domestic helpers, mostly from Indonesia or the Philippines, have come under the spotlight recently following cases of abuse.

A Hong Kong mother of two was charged on Wednesday with a serious assault on her Indonesian domestic helper.

Last September a couple were jailed for savagely beating another Indonesian helper.

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