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Newsline: Bhutanese embassy in Bangkok expects to sort out abuse affair

Royal Bhutanese Embassy officials in Bangkok, Thailand, are expecting to resolve today the case of a Bhutanese domestic help, who was allegedly physically abused by the Taiwanese couple she worked for, and was also not paid. “We’re expecting to settle the matter today,” an embassy official said. “We asked them to pay the immigration fine of baht 20,000 for her expired visa, and an air ticket for her to return home.” The victim from Haa was working as a domestic help, along with two other Bhutanese women, for the couple living in Rachadapisek, Bangkok, for the past one and a half years. She fled to the embassy on April 9, alleging that she was battered by the couple on the morning of April 8, for not cleaning the kitchen properly. Since then, she has been staying at the embassy. The woman claimed that she had been physically abused several times by the couple, who had also not paid her salary for 10 and a half months. Her pay was USD 200 a month.