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Int’l Women’s Day: Hong Kong’s coronavirus outbreak has intensified discrimination and exploitation of domestic workers

Hong Kong Free Press, Hong Kong, 8 March 2020 - Hong Kong has for a long time relied on the labour of migrant domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia. Because private child and elderly care facilities are too expensive for most working and middle-class households, hiring a live-in domestic worker to provide care and perform other household chores is the cheapest option.

While this can be a feasible and ethical arrangement for both parties, the Hong Kong government’s mandatory live-in rule for domestic workers makes them vulnerable to exploitation. The coronavirus outbreak has made this worse.

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Source: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2020/03/08/hong-kongs-coronavirus-outbreak-intensified-discrimination-exploitation-domestic-workers/

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