On the eve of 2016, HK Government is urging domestic helpers to report all abuse, including employers’ abuse and employment agencies’ overcharging fees!
A few days ago, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung wrote on his blog: “The Government of HKSAR is fully committed to safeguarding the rights of FDHs in Hong Kong and has stepped up its efforts on various fronts to enhance their protection in the past two years.”
“Our community will not tolerate any abuse of FDHs and the authority will act relentlessly to ensure justice will be done. FDHs who feel aggrieved should come forward and report their cases to the authorities which will take follow-up enforcement action promptly.”
In 2015, more domestic helpers have been willing to come forward and report abuse and act as prosecution witness. This led to a significant increase in the number of successful prosecutions of employment agencies and employers.
As everyone in HK remembers Erwiana Sulistyaningsih’s ordeal – she was abused and tortured by her employer, this high-profile case turned the spotlight on the plight of the 300,000 domestic helpers living in Hong Kong.
Last year, Amnesty International organized an international petition with over 100,000 signatures delivered to the Government of Hong Kong calling for an end to the exploitation of migrant domestic workers. In response to the petition Erwiana had said, “I don’t want anyone else to experience the abuse I did. That is why I support this call for the government of Hong Kong to end exploitation of migrant domestic workers. I hope that in the future women can come here and work without fear of abuse, with fair pay and equal treatment. ”
Read about Erwiana’s case
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