TN, a 31-year-old woman from Ponorogo (2011- ), told Amnesty International she was physically abused by her employer who then dismissed her after three months on the pretext of theft.
My employers refused to pay me the one-month salary compensation and my flight home, so the placement agency told me to return to them. I didn’t want to and refused, but they called my recruitment agency in Indonesia who then put pressure on me to return. I owed the agency in Indonesia money for the recruitment fee, so I had no choice but to return.
I am worried that when I find a new employer I will have to re-pay the seven-month recruitment fee. I want to work in Hong Kong but feel traumatised by the physical abuse and the weight of the debt.
Narrative provided by Amnesty International