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.
With 140,000 Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong, officials here and in Jakarta must ensure a fair deal for all parties involved.
Placement costs are a concern for both Hong Kong employers and workers, and cast a shadow over the city’s relations with an important trading partner.
Better use of human capital, age-friendly measures and holistic approach to problem by officials would also help propel post-Covid recovery.
Filipino director Cathy Garcia-Sampana’s Hong Kong-shot film Hello, Love, Goodbye put her on the city’s radar. Now, her new short film is showing the city’s artistic and cultural sides.
TEDxTinHauWomen, on November 14 at Hong Kong’s Xiqu Centre, will include talks on improving health through strength training, building domestic helpers’ courage, and the latest femtech advances.
Lee Pui-hung, 60, made his helper eat a sedative-spiked bowl of turtle shell herbal jelly and then subjected her to 30-minute ordeal in the family flat.
Judge says Chow Ka-wai’s not guilty plea to rape of domestic helper showed lack of remorse and rules there were no grounds for sentence reduction.
MeHeal, a new counselling service set up by a Hong Kong charity, provides free mental health support for domestic workers who fear losing their jobs if employers see them as vulnerable.
Agnes Sordan’s life changed in 2018 when she discovered touch rugby team comprised mostly of foreign domestic helpers such as herself.
Food allowance will also be increased by HK$40 from not less than HK$1,196 to at least HK$1,236 per month.
Topic enters public spotlight after Muslim domestic helper files a HK$255,000 lawsuit against her former employers, accusing them of demanding she stop observing faith.
Dwi-Lestari was sacked two weeks after she started working for retiree Leung Choi and her children, who complained about her religious practices, writ claims.
Kim, who was sexually assaulted by her former employer’s husband in Hong Kong, received invaluable legal help from Justice Without Borders after returning to the Philippines.
Tan Jeck Tuang, 69, instructed the maid to ‘sleep’ before his assaults, putting her in a depersonalised state of helplessness, the court heard.
Bangladeshi Consul General Israt Ara says five training centres offering Cantonese courses and housekeeping training up and running in her country.
Employers seeking domestic helpers from Indonesia should use employment agencies accredited by consulate, diplomat advises.
Photographer Gretchen So set out to tell positive stories about Hong Kong’s foreign domestic helpers, snapping them dressed up, dancing together, sharing food and learning skills on their day off.
Indonesia’s migrant protection agency said nearly 2,000 Indonesian migrant workers had died as a result of abuse, accidents, or illness since 2020.
Domestic helpers say even though employers will pay full administration costs they are also being charged more by agencies.
Labour Department and Indonesian consulate say hiring arrangements are same as before, but fail to clarify if fees indeed have gone up.
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Chris Sun says Indonesia has clarified ‘no change to cost structure of fees’ following revised rules for hiring helpers.
Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body and Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions want monthly wages raised to HK$6,016 and HK$6,228, respectively.
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Chris Sun speaks to Cambodian Consul General Puthisathbopeaneaky Pech and Bangladeshi counterpart Israt Ara.
Representatives of Indonesian Migrant Workers’ Union gathered outside consulate to express concern over enforcement of ‘zero placement fees’ policy.
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Chris Sun says rule change should not ‘increase burden’ employers or affect prospects of domestic workers.
Source says Indonesian official to visit city this month to discuss nation’s commitment to implementing rules, which were adopted last year.
About 50 people, mainly domestic workers, have been arrested in relation to syndicate, Immigration Department says.