SCMP: Hong Kong domestic helpers’ dreams dashed by debt

In a long read SCMP reports on the issue of debt among domestic workers. Often domestic workers come to Hong Kong with dreams of financial security but these dreams can be dashed by extortionist agencies, schemes, lack of financial literacy and more. Angharad Hampshire reports that domestic work often becomes another form of subsistence employment, despite the fact that most domestic workers make about four times more than they would at home. The reality is that many domestic workers spend much of their contract paying back their agency fees or send so much of their paycheck home to support their family that there is little left to save. Domestic worker rights groups encourage the Hong Kong government to increase the minimum wage to better align with the cost of living in the city.