A 28-year-old Indonesian domestic helper who live-streamed herself bathing her employer’s three children without their consent was yesterday jailed for three months.
Yuni Kristiani pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining access to a computer with dishonest intent after she posted the 17-minute video on her Facebook account in December.
Around 700 people watched the video before it was removed a few days later when a neighbor found the video on Facebook and alerted Yuni’s female employer.
The mother identified the children in the video, a police report was made, and the video was deleted two days later, Apple Daily reports.
Yuni told police that she posted the video to Facebook by accident, and that the video was actually filmed by the children who were using her phone.
According to Apple Daily, a mitigating letter from the family presented at Eastern Magistrates’ Court yesterday said Yuni had performed well at her job since she started working for them and that they had since forgiven her.
The defendant — via a lawyer — apologised to the family, said she underestimated the consequences of her actions, and regretted them since she lost her job.
Principal magistrate Peter Law said although the case did not involve money or child pornography, the defendant still released the video for many people to see, and that it is was a breach of trust and an infringement of the children’s privacy.
The newspaper reported that Yuni arrived in Hong Kong in January 2016 to work as a domestic helper for the family. She took on the job in order to support her son and daughter, who are still in Indonesia. Her husband passed away in 2014.
Yuni’s employer had four children, three sons and one daughter. Three of the children — 7-year-old twins and a 5-year-old boy — were featured in the video but the eldest child, a 9-year-old son, was not.
The video prompted calls for more training and better guidelines to help overseas domestic workers understand cultural differences between their home countries and Hong Kong.