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Problems face by foreign domestic helpers in HK alarms migrant group

April 4, 2014

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 4, 2014) – A Filipino migrant group in Hong Kong has expressed alarm over the alarming crisis on condition of foreign household workers and urged policy-makers to rethink rules and seek ways to assist them. Read the rest of this entry »

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HR Watch: Migrant domestic workers ‘trapped, abused’ in UK

March 31, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Migrant domestic workers brought into the United Kingdom by their employers are suffering serious abuses including forced labor, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Monday, March 31. Read the rest of this entry »

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Government visa rules ‘license domestic slavery’

March 30, 2014

The government is “licensing modern slavery” with its visa rules for domestic workers, campaigners say.

Since April 2012 they have been tied to one employer upon entering the UK – meaning they cannot move jobs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rest time empowers for Filipino helpers in Singapore

March 24, 2014

SINGAPORE – They gathered in pretty much the same fashion that those flash mobs would when readying to break into a sing-and-dance number in a public place. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Pinays are fighting for better rights in UK

March 24, 2014

LONDON – The harrowing stories of abused Filipino domestic workers came to light at a recent conference in London, where Filipino activists led a discussion on vulnerable women in Britain and the controversial debate on UK immigration policies. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Hong Kong’s “maid trade” is making life worse for domestic workers throughout Asia

February 19, 2014

Every few years, the city of Hong Kong is rocked by news that another foreign domestic worker has been badly abused by her employer. Last month, 23-year-old Erwiana Sulistyaningsih told authorities that she had been beaten daily, hit with mops, rulers, and clothes hangers until she could no longer walk. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pinay, Indonesian workers in Taiwan call for days off, higher salaries

February 10, 2014

Filipino and Indonesian migrant workers staged a protest in Taipei Sunday, seeking mandatory days off and salaries equal to those of their Taiwanese counterparts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Domestic workers come out of the closet in Hong Kong

February 2, 2014

HONG KONG — Working long hours away from home for low pay and little time off, life is tough for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong, but for some the city has brought sexual liberation unheard of in their home countries. Read the rest of this entry »

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Low turnout noted in house help list up

January 28, 2014

The Department of Labor and Employment in Negros Oriental yesterday reported a low turnout in the registration of “kasambahays”, or domestic helpers, and employers, that was held at the Quezon Park in Dumaguete City Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

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HOME calls for greater protection of foreign domestic workers’ mental well-being

January 21, 2014

SINGAPORE: A migrant workers’ group has called for greater protection of the mental well-being of foreign domestic workers (FDWs).

The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) said current laws in Singapore are not adequate in addressing the issue of mental health of FDWs. Read the rest of this entry »