Filipino domestic helper hangs self in Hong Kong
A Filipino domestic worker died on Saturday (Nov. 30) after she hanged herself inside her employer’s flat in Kowloon, the police said.
A spokeswoman from the Police Public Relations Bureau (PPRB) said the 45-year-old worker, surnamed Jamer, was certified dead when she was brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kowloon on Saturday night.
“She reportedly had family problems,” the police spokeswoman said.
She said the helper’s female employer, surnamed Chak, reported the incident to the police at around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.
The employer told the police that she found Jamer hanging inside a room their flat on 7 King Tak Street, Quarry Hill.
The employer said she cut the electric wire tied around the helper’s neck and brought her down. An ambulance team arrived and brought the worker, who was already unconscious, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was declared dead.
The police spokesperson said no suicide note was found and the initial investigation showed nothing suspicious about the Filipino woman’s death.
“This is a case of a person found hanging,” she said. An autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death of the helper.
Those in emotional distress can call The Samaritans on their 24/7 hotline: 2896-0000.
Overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong who need help can call the Philippine Consulate General at 9155-4023, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) at 5529-1880, or the POLO-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration at 6345-9324.