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UAE upholds 15-year jail term for maid torturer

A Dubai court has upheld a 15-year jail term for an Emirati woman who tortured her Ethiopian maid to death by forcing her to drink pesticide, media reported Monday. The 46-year-old housewife was also accused of torturing a Filipina maid and beating up a third domestic worker whose nationality was not specified, Gulf News reported. Her husband, also an Emirati, was jailed for three years for "aiding and abetting the crime", the daily said.

William and Kate hire Spanish nanny

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine have hired a Spanish nanny to look after their baby son Prince George, palace officials said Thursday. Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo will travel with the royals on their tour of New Zealand and Australia next month, Kensington Palace said. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted," a spokesman for Kensington Palace told AFP. "Maria is a full-time nanny, who started work with us recently, and will be accompanying the Duke and Duchess and Prince George to New Zealand and Australia.

Malaysians to hang for starving Indonesian maid

A Malaysian couple was sentenced to hang for starving their Indonesian maid to death, a defence lawyer said Friday, one of a string of shocking cases spotlighting abuse of domestic helpers in the region. Isti Komariyah weighed just 26 kilograms (57 pounds) on her death in Kuala Lumpur in June 2011 from what a court ruled was deliberate starvation, according to Malaysian media reports on the ruling issued Thursday.

Indonesia maid 'tortured' in Hong Kong weeps on leaving hospital

An Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer left hospital Wednesday after a month, tearfully expressing the hope that her case would prevent future abuse of "small people like us". Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, was admitted to hospital in Sragen, on Indonesia's main island of Java, in critical condition after returning from Hong Kong where she allegedly suffered months of abuse. As she left hospital, the maid said was feeling much better and wanted to get her "old life back". But shortly afterwards she broke down in tears at a press conference.

'Tortured' Indonesian maid welcomes arrest of H.K. employer

An Indonesian maid has welcomed the arrest of her former Hong Kong employer accused of torturing her, saying she was willing to return to the city to testify in the case that sparked angry protests. The ex-employer, a Hong Kong mother-of-two was arrested on Monday and charged two days later with assaulting Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and two other Indonesian maids, after thousands of domestic workers marched in the city to call for justice.

HK investigators interview 'tortured' Indonesian maid

Hong Kong police Tuesday interviewed an Indonesian maid who was allegedly tortured by her employer in the Chinese city, as the Indonesian president phoned the helper to express his sorrow at the "tragedy". It came a day after police in Hong Kong arrested a woman accused of abusing the maid, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, and a second Indonesian helper, as she attempted to board a flight to Thailand at the city's airport.

Thousands of Hong Kong domestic helpers rally for 'tortured' maid

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was reportedly left unable to walk following eight months of abuse in the southern Chinese city and was admitted to an Indonesian hospital in critical condition last week after returning home.

Hong Kong domestic helpers demand justice for 'tortured' maid

Domestic workers took to the streets of Hong Kong Thursday to demand justice for an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her employers and better protection for the city's hundreds of thousands of foreign maids. During the protest a second maid came forward alleging abuse at the hands of the same employers four years ago. The allegations have renewed concern about the treatment of domestic helpers in the former British colony following a spate of similar abuse cases and recent criticism by rights groups.

Hong Kong domestic helpers demand justice for 'tortured maid'

Domestic workers took to the streets of Hong Kong Thursday, demanding justice for an Indonesian maid allegedly tortured by her employers and better protection for the city's hundreds of thousands of foreign maids. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 22, was reportedly left unable to walk following eight months of abuse in the southern Chinese city and was admitted to an Indonesian hospital in a critical condition last week after returning home.

US diplomat row overlooks Indian maids' plight

Americans were shocked at the alleged $3.31-per-hour wage paid to an Indian diplomat's housekeeper in a case that has sparked global outrage. But to Rupa Thakur, who does the same job in Mumbai, it sounded like a small fortune. The mother-of-three works 13 hours a day, six days a week for a family in the suburbs of India's financial capital, taking home 8,000 rupees ($130) a month -- or about 38 US cents an hour. "Life is tough," said Thakur, 39, who moved to the city from Nepal as an uneducated girl to find work.
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