Taipei. A Taiwanese couple are under investigation after allegedly forcing their Indonesian Muslim maid to fry pork steaks in their restaurant, local media reported Sunday.
The woman, identified only as “Ati”, also accused her employers in the southern city of Chiayi of owing her at least Tw$120,000 ($4,100) in unpaid wages, the United Daily News said.
The 28-year-old told police she had been contracted to help her male employer’s mother, whom she said she had never seen since her arrival nearly two years ago. Instead, he asked her to fry pork steaks in his restaurant despite her complaints.
The couple are being investigated for allegedly infringing on the woman’s rights.
She claimed the couple had also threatened to send her back to Indonesia, allegations they denied.
“I don’t want to fry pork steaks any more,” she told police.
The woman had been moved to a shelter for abused foreign women pending the outcome of the investigation, the News said.
Last year a Taiwanese garment factory owner was sentenced to six months in jail for forcing three Muslim women on her staff to eat pork.
There are around 350,000 foreign workers in Taiwan, largely from Southeast Asia including the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam.