Indonesian Worker Attempts Suicide After Taiwanese Agency Ignores Sexual Assault Complaint

Indonesian Worker Attempts Suicide After Taiwanese Agency Ignores Sexual Assault Complaint
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A female Indonesian worker recorded video of herself being sexually assaulted by her Taiwanese employer and turned to Indonesian media for help after her employment agency in Taiwan ignored her case.

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A female Indonesian worker in Taichung, central Taiwan, who was being sexually assaulted by her employer reached out to Indonesian media after her employment agency in Taiwan ignored her complaints.

The worker filmed her assault with her cellphone and brought it to her employment agency, but the latter told her to report the case to the police herself, according to Indonesian media Suarabmi.

The video, which lasts more than five minutes, was also uploaded to YouTube but has since been taken down.

Police in Taichung took the worker into custody on Sept. 9 to provide further evidence. Apple Daily reports that the worker told police the last time she was assaulted was on July 30.

Police last night sent the worker to a temporary care center, where she attempted to take her life this morning. The worker has been sent to hospital and her situation is stable, Apple Daily reports.

Police in Taichung are still trying to locate her employer, a 58 year-old man surnamed Hsieh, for questioning.

The worker told Suarabmi that she was scolded by her agency when she informed them of her assault. She also said the agency told her to “do whatever she wanted to, as long as she did not get pregnant.”

According to United Daily News, the worker was hired earlier this year to take care of Hsieh’s elderly father. Suarabmi also reports that Hsieh is an alcoholic and has attempted to assault the worker on several occasions.

First Editor: Olivia Yang
Second Editor: J. Michael Cole

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