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  1. Comment - Letters

    Labour Department will not tolerate abuse of foreign domestic helpers

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:45am by LETTERS

    ... committed to safeguarding the legal employment rights and benefits of all workers, including foreign domestic helpers, in Hong Kong. We attach great importance to protecting the well-being ... as commission on successful placement. The same rule applies to local workers and migrant workers, including foreign domestic helpers. The Labour Department does not tolerate any abuse or overcharging ...


    Hong Kong faces shortage of domestic helpers as Myanmese, Bangladeshi maids quit early

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 04:21pm by Phila Siu

    ... after arriving, aggravating a shortage of domestic helpers. In addition, agencies supplying maids report that it is becoming increasingly difficult to hire Filipino helpers, as they are choosing ... advice is that they need to make friends with other domestic helpers. But it will be harder for those from Myanmar and Bangladesh because their community is small." ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Hong Kong couple jailed for torturing Indonesian helper fail in appeal bid

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 03:41pm by CHRIS LAU

    ... Chris Lau chris.lau@scmp.com Couple convicted of torturing domestic helper will serve out their sentences, judges rule Appeals fail in helper abuse case A couple who were jailed for torturing their Indonesian domestic helper with bicycle chains and hot irons over two years lost their appeals yesterday against their convictions and sentencing. The High Court ruling means Tai ...

  4. Part-time help is at hand for expats

    Posted Jul 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... If your home is a mess and you don't have time for a big clean-up, hire a helper. In Hong Kong, there are two types of helpers: live-in domestic helpers, who are contract-based, ... helper who meets the required standards. Prestige Home Service's part-time helpers are mostly from Hong Kong and the Philippines. They are able to understand basic English, have a domestic ...

  5. News - World - QATAR

    Amnesty International slams Qatar for failing to protect domestic helpers

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 09:25pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Dubai Amnesty slams Qatar over abuse of foreign helpers An international human rights group has slammed Qatar for failing to protect foreign maids and other domestic ... working in a booming construction industry raising plush villas and cutting-edge skyscrapers from the sand. Domestic workers are not covered under Qatar's standard labour law. ...

  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Employers help their domestic helpers in times of need

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 10:25am by Mabel Sieh

    ... Mabel Sieh Domestic helpers make many sacrifices to work in Hong Kong, and some employers are happy to support them in their hour of need, writes Mabel Sieh Return in kind For Jacqueline Sun, Zenaida Cabello is much more than just the Filipino helper who took care of her from the age of four. "She is part of my history and my family," she says. "When ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Domestic helpers forced to pay agencies '20 times legal rate'

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Helpers pay '20 times' legal rate to agencies Nearly half of foreign domestic helpers have paid their job agencies more than Hong Kong laws allow, ... to charge helpers 10 per cent of their first month's wages, amounting to HK$401. But 60 per cent of workers paid more, the study found, with about 15 per cent forking out more than HK$9,000 ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong can have zero tolerance for forced labour by domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... cases of alleged abuse of domestic helpers bear many hallmarks of forced labour, such as contractual deception, excessive agency fees leading to debt bondage and retention of passports. While all but a tiny minority of employers treat their domestic helpers well, boundaries have to be set through strong protections and enforcement. Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok has assured ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Decent employers are at risk from fickle foreign domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 07th 2014, 02:58am by LETTERS

    ... Fickle domestic helpers can fleece decent employers I refer to the article by Rob Connelly ("End discriminatory policies for migrant domestic workers", February 25). As legal adviser to the HK Helpers Campaign, Mr Connelly is evidently in favour of domestic workers. There are many decent employers around, as there are errant foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. ...

  10. Help at hand for domestic helpers

    Posted Aug 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Overseas domestic helpers are common in Hong Kong. They help us clean our homes, cook dinner and look after our children. But have there been times when you get frustrated that things ... Families can also enrol their domestic helpers in the dining and entertaining course, which takes place once a month. This course teaches helpers to brush up on their serving and setting skills ...




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