Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. Officials from the country have mooted a policy that would stop women working overseas as maids. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong’s domestic worker shortage: Bangladesh can help out, even if Indonesia can’t

  • Hong Kong needs more foreign domestic workers, not only to care for its ageing population, but also to counter a policy long threatened by Indonesia
  • Bangladesh could be a new source – but the city had faced problems in hiring from there previously
Topic |   Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

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Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. Officials from the country have mooted a policy that would stop women working overseas as maids. Photo: AFP
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The Consumer Council receives about 200 complaints on the hiring of helpers each year. Photo: Dickson Lee

Poor service and dodgy practices blight Hong Kong’s domestic helper hiring agencies, says consumer watchdog as it urges authorities to crack down

  • There were 193 cases last year with complaints ranging from poor sales tactics to unprofessional services
  • Employers typically paid fees of more than HK$10,000 to about HK$20,000
Topic |   Consumer protection in Hong Kong

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The Consumer Council receives about 200 complaints on the hiring of helpers each year. Photo: Dickson Lee
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