Photography & Art / July 2018 (Issue 40: Writing the Philippines)

Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong

by Xyza Cruz Bacani

Lilibeth, a domestic worker from the Philippines, holds at an ultrasound image of her unborn child. She was fired when she asked for maternity leave pay, a payment granted by law. In a statement to the police, she said her employer illegally kept her passport and then tore it up so that she could not travel. Hong Kong, March 6, 2015.


A domestic worker cleans a window inside her employer’s home. Hong Kong domestic workers are vulnerable to labor trafficking and exploitation. Hong Kong, November 22, 2015.


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