Couple convicted for ‘starving’ their maid

SINGAPORE, March 23, (AFP): A Singaporean couple were convicted on Wednesday of violating employment laws for starving their Philippine maid until her weight dropped to 29 kilograms (64 pounds).

Trader Lim Choon Hong and his wife, Chong Sui Foon, both 47, admitted failing to provide enough food for a foreign domestic worker over a 15-month period. They will be sentenced at a later date.

The offence is punishable by up to a year in jail plus a maximum fine of Sg$10,000 ($7,300). A district court heard that Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, 40, lost nearly 20 kg, shed hair and stopped menstruating while working for the couple at their condominium in the posh Orchard Road area.

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