Wong Tai Sin Police Station in Hong Kong. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Wong Tai Sin Police Station in Hong Kong. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong accused her employer of regularly smoking marijuana after the employer had her arrested for stealing.

On August 25, Liza Panabe, 46, was accused of stealing several items from her employers and her employer called the police and asked them to arrest her.

When police arrived, the employer showed them a bag that contained 17 face masks, 30 sleeping pills and two cases of cigarettes, which were allegedly stolen by Panabe, sunwebhk.com reported.

Panabe denied the allegations and said she did not use any of the items. She claimed she gets an allergic reaction to face masks and does not smoke. Panabe then told police that her employer smoked marijuana and showed them photos on her phone as proof.

The domestic worker also showed police a notebook in which she detailed all of her employers’ abuse and mistreatment of her. The police told Panabe to pack her things and leave her employers’ home. They took her to Wong Tai Sin police station to get her statement.

Panabe informed her sister and a group called Domestic Workers Corner Help Group that she was in the police station and asked for help. Rain Tuando, a member of the group, called the station and negotiated with police to have Panabe released on bail.

She was released on HK$100 (US$13) bail and advised by police to file a complaint against her employer at the Labour Department as she suffered maltreatment and had not been paid her salary.

Police are investigating the case and no charges have been laid.

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