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Thousands of people have rallied in Hong Kong demanding justice

January 2014, 20
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rallied in Hong Kong

Migrant workers in Hong Kong have a long history of ill treatment from Employers especially in the sector of Domestic Workers where they receive little to no protection from the authorities and can be kept hidden from view, many facing much exploitation. Domestic Migrants Workers can expect a minimum wage if they are lucky, much of this can be taken for accommodation and food which the Employer is to provide. They workers can work 6 and a half days a week working very long hours in the Employers home doing things such as cleaning, cooking, child care and odd jobs. 

Recently a case of a domestic Migrant Worker whom was apparently beaten by her Hong Kong employers to the extent that she required hospital treatment in her native homeland of Singapore, was described in a critical condition upon her arrival in the hospital. 

A second migrant worker who allegedly suffered similar abuse from the same employers has come forward with a statement to Hong Kong police which mirrors the treatment of the migrant woman in the public eye. She spoke of terrible torment, torture and beatings from the employers but said she was too scared to speak out previously claiming that she was threatened into silence by the employers. 

This case has brought much widespread outrage across both countries of Hong Kong and Singapore and the police are now to investigate the woman's alleged torture, this is breaking news and previously the Hong Kong police refused to look into the case for lack of evidence. 

A crowd of several thousand people took to the streets of Hong Kong in support of fair treatment of Migrant Workers, they chanted ‘’We are workers. We are not slaves’’ as they made their way to the Government Headquarters. Many of the supporters held up pictures of the maids face showing the injuries of the 23 year old domestic worker. 

A reporter spoke to one supporter who said of the victims employer that they could not be human to treat a person like this and that there needs to be an end to this modern day slavery. 

There are currently thought to be some 300,000 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong with most of these coming from Asian countries such as Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. 

Many migrant workers in Hong Kong are extremely reluctant to report any abuse or exploitation from an employer due the fact they will then be unofficially blacklisted from working in the sector and have only 14 days before they have to return to their homelands, by law. 

As of yet the Employers have not been charged and have made no comments regarding the allegations. 

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