Down and Out in Hong Kong

The Jakarta Globe has this profile of the harrowing tales of Indonesian migrant workers at a shelter run by Kotkiho, the Coalition of Indonesian Migrant Workers Organizations in Hong Kong.

According to the Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, more than 110,000 Indonesians currently in Hong Kong migrated there in search of better lives by working as domestic helpers. Anik Setyo, the vice chairman of IMWU, said that most of the workers employed in the territory were paid well by Indonesian standards, although most still earned below Hong Kong’s minimum wage, and their employers treated them well, compared to the endemic harsh treatment in such countries as Saudi Arabia.

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