Foreign domestic workers gather in Hong Kong. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Mk2010
Foreign domestic workers gather near the HSBC building in Central on Hong Kong Island. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Filipina domestic worker pleaded not guilty in the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to three charges, including hawking in Central on Hong Kong Island on her rest day.

Mer Angeli GS was charged with three counts of selling goods with a fake trademark, possession of goods with a fake trademark and a breach of her conditions of stay, reported.

The court heard that on February 11 last year, a Sunday, an undercover customs officer caught the defendant selling fake Adidas jackets at the open area of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Headquarters in Central. Fifteen other fake Adidas jackets were found with the defendant.

The area around the bank building is a popular hangout for Filipino domestic workers on their day off. According to Hong Kong law, foreign domestic workers are not allowed to take up any other employment including part-time work or to work at any places other than their employers’ addresses as specified in the signed contracts. Judge Peter Law set the trial for April 12.

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