Indonesian maids rest in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. Photo: Asia Times

The Indonesian Consul General in Hong Kong has issued a call to employers to improve treatment of domestic workers, after receiving nine reports of abuse in the first half of 2018.

Consul General Tri Tharyat said in an interview with news website HK01.com that overall, the numbers of abuse cases reported to the consulate were going down.

He said the widely publicized case of  Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the tortured Indonesian worker who won HK$810,000 (US$103,206) in a civil claim against her abusive employer, had alerted local employers not to mistreat their domestic workers.

However, Tharyat said reports and complaints received regarding verbal abuse by employers had not stopped.

Tharyat said that when the consulate received a complaint regarding verbal abuse, they would attempt to solve the problem for their compatriot by setting up a meeting with the employment agency and the employer.

As of 2017, there were 169,855 Indonesians living or working in Hong Kong, of whom 93% were employed as domestic workers.