A domestic worker and a 19-month-old girl who were kidnapped near Cyberport have been rescued by police in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long district after the woman escaped from a shipping container and began shouting for help, according to police and media reports.

A shipping container in Pat Heung, Yuen Long.
A shipping container in Pat Heung, Yuen Long. Photo: Google Map.

The girl and the 39-year-old were kidnapped by two men at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on Victoria Road in Pok Fu Lam, near Cyberport. Police received a call to report that they were dragged into a private vehicle at 8:37 a.m., the force said.

Shipping container

They received a second call about two and a half hours later from a villager in Pat Heung, Yuen Long, who said a person was shouting for help. Police rescued the victims, who suffered minor swelling to their wrists.

The foreign domestic worker was taking the infant to kindergarten when they were whisked into a vehicle by two men, HK01 reported. They were taken to a shipping container in the New Territories, but the woman was able to escape through a window and began shouting for help from the top of the container to alert villagers nearby.

Police used government helicopters and tracker dogs to search for the suspects and arrested a 42-year-old man at 3:15 a.m. in Sheung Shui on charges of attempted kidnapping.

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