A Filipino domestic worker is threatening to take action against a former employer who put up a “wanted” banner targeting her in Peak Road, Wan Chai, on Hong Kong Island.
Reylyn Padaoan, who worked for a man identified only as Mr Wong for two years and five months, said he had put up a banner asking the public to inform him of her whereabouts as she allegedly owes him HK$50,000 (US$6,390), reports sunwebhk.com, a news portal for Filipinos in Hong Kong.
On Tuesday, Padaoan spoke to sunwebhk.com and expressed her anger regarding the banner. She said she had been hired to take care of her female employer’s mother, who used to push her and throw things at her. She said her employers did not stop the old woman from hurting her.
During her first year working for them, Padaoan’s female employer lent her HK$20,000. The reason for the loan was not explained in the report. However, when Mr Wong found out about the loan, he was angry and argued with his wife, who had not told him about lending Padaoan money.
Padaoan’s salary was deducted each month in order to settle the debt. However, she was fired on September 2, 2017, before she could finish repaying the loan. She said she had promised to pay the remaining balance once she found a new job in Hong Kong.
Padaoan said she did not know why her debt had gone up to HK$50,000 and vowed to take action against her former male employer.