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Hong Kong police charge woman in Indonesian maid abuse case

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    In this photo released by Indonesian National Police, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, left, an Indonesian maid who was allegedly tortured by her employer in Hong Kong, is interviewed by Hong Kong police investigators at a hospital where she is treated in Sragen, Central Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Hong Kong police officers arrived at the hospital Tuesday to interview Sulistyaningsih as Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed his concern and anger over the alleged brutality. (AP Photo/Indonesian National Police) (The Associated Press)

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    A 44-year-old woman surnamed Law, covered her head with a black hood, center, is escorted by police officers for an investigation at her home in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. The woman was arrested on Monday accused of beating her Indonesian maid in a case that has triggered outrage over its alleged brutality. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) (The Associated Press)

Hong Kong police say they have charged a woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid as well two other former domestic helpers.

Police said they filed a holding charge on Wednesday consisting of two counts of wounding, one of common assault and three of criminal intimidation against 44-year-old Law Wan-tung.

Injuries suffered by the victim, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, have sparked outrage and highlighted the vulnerabilities faced by foreign domestic workers across Asia and the Middle East.

Hong Kong police said they filed charges after a "thorough and in-depth investigation" and after receiving legal advice.

Sulistyaningsih worked in Hong Kong for only eight months. She went home to Indonesia with scabs and lacerations covering her face, hands and legs and blackened skin around her feet.