HK maids worse off, says study


MANILA, Philippines—Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong are in a worse situation 10 years after their mandatory live-in employment arrangement was enforced, according to a migrant rights group Mission for Migrant Workers (MFMW).

The group said the live-in employment arrangement has caused the rights of domestic workers to be violated and that the living and working condition are far from what should be accorded to them.

The MFMW, along with the women’s group HerFund, has conducted a study on the impact of the mandatory live-in requirement to domestics because of the significant number of female clients who were victims of abuse by employers.

The victims claimed they were provided with unsuitable sleeping spaces and made to work for long hours.

The mandatory live-in requirement was apparently implemented in April 2003 to address the problem regarding domestics moonlighting or engaging in illegal work.

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  • Marx Louis Wang

    Malamang ang karamihan diyan pinapagsamantalahan (rape).

  • tra6Gpeche

    What else is new? Just now, per CNN, 2 women from the Philippines claimed to be mistreated at the suburban Washington home of a Saudi diplomat and Federal authorities are investigating a potential case of human trafficking. Philippine government should stop sending any Filipino woman to be a domestic helper anywhere outside the Philippines. Otherwise, this miserable and degrading teatment of our women will always happen. Yes, their remittances are greatly helping the Philippines but at what cost?

    • Izabelle Santos

      cost? oh well some if them are ill- treated by their employers then yung mga embassy pa abroad useless, cannot protect OFWs…ung mga OFWs na sinasabing malaki ang contribution sa ekonomiya…. pati mga consular building at mga services…parang wala din lang…

  • Izabelle Santos

    SANA one day WALA ng Pinay DH na lalabas ng bansa. …. i salute all hardworking pinay DH.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Ask your inept, uneducated congressmen and senators.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Dont blame the foreigners. Blame your inept, corrupt, plundering, looting and criminal congressmen and senators. They are dumb donkeys who has no idea how to create jobs for millions of unemployed Filipinos.

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