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Two Pinay helpers in grief after falling victim to pickpockets

20 May 2019

Tsuen Wan victim crying her heart out
By Daisy CL Mandap

Two Filipina domestic workers fell victim to pickpockets separately in Tsuen Wan and Central today, May 19, with at least one losing her entire month’s salary, causing her to drop to the ground in grief.

A picture of the victim crying on a sidewalk near Nan Fung Centre in Tsuen Wan was taken by a concerned Filipina, Bing Aquino Wallis, at about 10 this morning. She posted it on Facebook, along with a warning to others to be wary of pickpockets.

Wallis said in her post: “Nadatnan kong umiiyak at halos maglupasay na si kabayan dahil nadukutan ng wallet ngayon lang, dito sa Tsuen Wan, Nan Fung Center. Isang buwan pinaghirapan at ipapambayad pa daw ata sa loan nya. Ingat ingat po mandurukot is everywhere...”
She added the victim was incoherent and almost inconsolable in grief that she did not have the heart to press her for more information.

She added, “Isa po syang Pangasinense. Hindi po naming makausap ng maayos dahil sa iyak po niya. Kaya nung umalis ako doon di ko na alam ang mga nangyari pa. Pero tumawag sila ng pulis.”


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Wallis said the victim’s bag had no zip closure so the thief would not have had much problem stealing her wallet.

A few hours afterwards, another Filipina reportedly lost her wallet also to pickpockets, as she was lining up at a busy McDonald’s outlet on Connaught Road in Central.

Central victim reports theft to police officers
 
According to one of her friends, the victim she called “Guv,” lost her wallet containing, money, her Hong Kong ID card, jewelry, and many other stuff.
The friend, Mary Ann Salazar, posted a picture of the victim talking to two police officers on an alley beside Worldwide Plaza, a favorite place of Filipino domestic workers during Sundays.

Salazar told another friend on Facebook that the victim already had her bag in front of her body but still failed to prevent the theft.
The other friend replied: “Grabe naman yung kumuha noon, wag sana siya patulugin ng konsensiya niya. Kapal ng mukha nya…makarma sana agad kung sino man ang kumuha ng wallet ni Guv.”

Pickpockets are known to abound in Central and other places where foreign domestic workers congregate on Sundays, because of the busy pedestrian traffic and congested walkways.



Many of them operate actively during the first Sunday of each month, when most migrant workers have just received their salaries.

Some of the thefts have been caught on CCTV, but it appears the culprits, many of them women, have yet to be caught.
In court, several Filipino tourists have been found to have worked together to steal from unsuspecting pedestrians, mostly in Central.

In the latest case, five Filipino tourists, three of them women, were each sentenced at the District Court on May 14 to two years in jail for trying to pick the wallet of a Korean woman on an escalator inside Central MTR station last year.
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