Hong Kong ‘Domestic helpers’, maids/housekeepers, treated as slaves, Amnesty International report said. Based on the latest report, mostly Filipino or Indonesian women who work as domestic helpers in Hong Kong received maltreatment.
According to Amnesty International report, “Exploited for Profit, Failed by Governments”, by recruitment and placement agencies who seize their documents and charge them excessive fees, with false promises of high salaries and good working conditions.
Despite abuses report, foreign domestic workers still flock to Hong Kong to work as maids or housekeepers. Domestic helpers are guaranteed a minimum wage of $HK3,920 ($US505) a month but are required to live in with their employers, a situation that support groups for domestic helpers say contributes to abuse, CNN reported.
Domestic helpers mostly from South East Asia, Philippines and Indonesia are exploited, face sexual and physical abuse.
Two-thirds of those interviewed faced physical or psychological maltreatment and had their documents taken by either their employer or the placement agency in Hong Kong, Yahoo report said. Photo Credits: Getty Images / CNN