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Another Filipina kills self by hanging

02 December 2019


By The SUN

Filipinas facing depression are urged to seek help immediately

A Filipina helper reportedly stressed by family problems has hanged herself in her employer’s house in Kowloon City, the second overseas Filipina worker in Hong Kong to do so in November.

Police said the helper, a 45-year-old woman surnamed Jamer, was found by the 23-year-old daughter of her  employer surnamed Chek.

She was hanging by her neck with an electrical cable at around 8:15 pm on Saturday, Nov 30.

The employer's daughter reportedly brought the Filipina down and reported the incident to the police.

Jamer was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was certified dead on arrival.

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A police spokeswoman said the case was classified as death by hanging.

She said no suicide note was found and there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Jamer’s death. But a postmortem will be performed on the body.

The spokeswoman said investigators had gathered that the helper had family problems.

Welfare Officer Marivic Clarin confirmed that family problems appeared to have driven the worker to suicide.

Clarin said she learned from the victim's sister that the two of them spent the whole day together to talk about the problem but parted without incident.

On arriving home, the victim even had a video call with her sister and her daughter who is in the Philippines, but gave no indication that she was about to take her life.

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Jamer was the second Filipina worker to hang herself last month.

On Nov 2, a 37-year-old Filipina domestic worker hanged herself with a thin blanket inside her bedroom in her employer’s flat in Mong Kok. Her employer told Consulate officers the helper had debt problems.

Two other suicides of Filipina migrant workers also happened just a week apart in July this year, and in neighboring districts.
In the first case, the worker who reportedly had relationship problems jumped from her employer’s flat in Cheung Sha Wan on Jul 15 after waving goodbye to her aunt who works in the same household.

In the second case which happened on Jul 22, a worker from Quezon who was saddled with debt problems plunged to her death from her employer’s flat in Lai Chi Kok.



The Consulate is advising OFWs who are distressed to talk to relatives and friends about their problems to get these off their chests.

They could also call The Samaritans, which runs a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline at 2896 0000. Emails can also be sent to jo@samaritans.org.hk.
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