Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Since the 1970s, foreign domestic workers have been permitted to stay in Hong Kong to address the city's shortage of local, full-time live-in helpers. At present, their minimum allowable wage is HK$4,310 per month.

A small minority of employers are giving the rest a bad name by forcing their maids to work across the border on the mainland, sometimes with tragic consequences. Photo: AFP

Domestic helpers are not our slaves

Following the death of a Hong Kong domestic helper from the Philippines in a fall from a Shenzhen residential building, immigration officials have referred what they suspected was a case of human-trafficking to the police for follow-up action.