Published: Thursday 31 August, 2017

Employers of OFW Domestic Helper Who Jumped to Her Death Arrested in HK

The Chinese employers of overseas Filipino worker Lorain Asuncion have been arrested in Hong Kong. Asuncion was the domestic worker who allegedly committed suicide last month though the arrests were not in connection with her death.

Lorain Asuncion

Lorain Asuncion allegedly jumped to her death in China two days after being brought there by her HK employer’s father. (Facebook)

According to the Asia Times, Lorain Asuncion’s employers were arrested over violation of immigration laws. It is illegal for employers to bring their domestic workers hired in Hong Kong to work full-time in China. Police believe Asuncion’s employers lied to immigration officers when they brought her to Shenzhen, China to work full-time for the employer’s father.

Police identified the OFW’s employers as Gu and Liu, and said Asuncion was brought to China five times to work for Liu’s father. The last time was on July 22 when the elder Liu brought the OFW to Shenzhen without her employers. Two days later, she was dead after allegedly jumping out of a window.

If convicted of violating immigration laws, the employers may face up to 14 years in jail, or a fine of up to HK$150,000.

According to Philippine Consulate records, four Filipino domestic workers were brought by their employers to China in the past month alone. However, the OFWs are reluctant to report such cases for fear that they will lose their contracts.