Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong
There are approximately 390,000 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, with a majority from the Philippines and Indonesia. They comprise approximately 10% of the employed population. (As of March 2019/Source: Hong Kong Immigration Department), and are an indispensable part of Hong Kong’s labour market. Yet, many of them do not understand their basic rights and the different kinds of labour protection. Some of them frequently encounter unreasonable treatment, including long working hours, undesirable living environment, leave deduction, wage default, exploitation by employment agencies, etc. There are even cases of physical and mental abuse, as well as sexual harassment. As many migrant domestic workers do not know how to seek assistance, they frequently have to endure the abuse silently.
- 2 Service Centres for Migrants Domestic Workers
- Rights-based and Critical Intervention Consultations
- Emergency Shelter
- Psychological Counselling and Consultation
- Education workshops
- Training and Interest Classes
- Recreational Activities
- Provide rights-based and critical intervention consultations and emergency assistance to help them understand their rights and legal protection
- Sets up an emergency shelter to provide a safe haven so they can live in a safe and peaceful environment while their cases are being processed.
- Provide psychological counselling and assistance to pay attention to their emotional problems and mental health
- Organise activities with partner organisations to enhance the workers’ knowledge of their health care, social welfare and other rights and help the public understand the challenges faced by workers.
- Organise training and interest classes to enhance their skills
- Organise recreational activities to help them build their social circles where they can help each other
We cannot stand idle in the face of exploitation and injustice
The Blessing Story
- Siti from Indonesia