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Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Facebook video shows Hong Kong’s foreign domestic helpers need better training on local laws

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 April, 2018, 10:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 April, 2018, 10:00am

I refer to your report on the domestic helper who was jailed for live-streaming on Facebook a video of bathing the children in her care (“Helper jailed for three months for publishing video of naked children in shower”, April 16). I think the government should set out more laws to protect the privacy and interest of employers.

The magistrate said it was a serious case, aggravated by the helper's breach of trust and infringement of the children’s privacy.

Some of the city’s domestic helpers may not know the laws of Hong Kong very well and may break them without knowing, underestimating the consequences of their actions, as this maid may have done.

Therefore, more training must be given to helpers so they have a good understanding of the relevant local laws, and realise that stealing from or invading the privacy of employers are serious offences that could land them in jail.

Some employers set up closed-circuit TV to watch their maids and their children when they are away. But employers should also discuss any concerns with their maids and treat them well to help motivate them to serve the family better. Better communication can build good relations.

Grace Wong, Kwai Chung