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Jakarta Post

Indebted RI workers endure mistreatment in HK

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, December 17 2011   /  02:00 pm

Although films like Minggu Pagi di Victoria Park (Sunday Morning in Victoria Park) by director Lola Amaria have tried to present the living conditions of domestic helpers in Hong Kong, most Indonesians are largely ignorant of the difficulties and struggles they face on a daily basis.
The Jakarta Post’s Xinyan Yu captured how Indonesia’s migrant workers lived their lives in the uniquely free and diverse city of Hong Kong.New skills: Anisa (left, foreground) and her students chat and practice playing guitar next to a pedestrian footway outside of Victoria Park. JP/Xinyan YuAs a very liberal metropolitan city, Hong Kong is usually considered one of the better places to work as a domestic helper in the region. However, although guaranteed a minimum wage of HK$3,740 (US$480) per month and possibly the right to abode in the future, Indonesian domestic helpers are still among the most ex...