Published:  03:11 PM, 07 December 2017

HK maid charged with child pornography

HK maid charged with child pornography

An Indonesian domestic worker in Hong Kong has been charged with publishing child pornography after streaming a video of her employer's children naked.

The 17-minute clip showed a girl and two boys thought to be between about five and seven years old in the shower.

The 28-year old woman shared the video as a Facebook Live broadcast.

Indonesia's consulate in Hong Kong told the BBC it was deeply concerned about the case but said it might be due to cultural differences.

The case has been widely reported in local media and sparked a lot of public debate.

The domestic helper was arrested on Monday after the video had been posted on Facebook. It has since been taken down.

The maximum sentence for publishing child pornography in Hong Kong is eight years in prison and HK$2,000,000 ($255,900; £191,000).

The woman has reportedly been working for her employers for two years.

'Cultural differences'

According to the South China Morning Post, the city's Employment Agencies Association said the woman might have been unaware that filming the children was against the law.

The Indonesian consulate in Hong Kong told the BBC they "never had an opinion that she did it with ill intention towards the children let alone taking pornographic purposes".

It added: "There is a cultural difference between HK and Indonesia in expressing love to someone else's children. For example, hugging and kissing."

The consulate-general said it advised all citizens in Hong Kong to be more careful with pictures and images they posted online.

Many families in Hong Kong rely on domestic helpers from abroad.

The city's residents employ about 300,000 maids from other parts of Asia, mainly Indonesia and the Philippines.

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