OFWs in Hong Kong losing rest days to unrest


Posted at Dec 26 2019 04:55 PM

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MANILA -- Some Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong are forced to stay indoors and take on extra work due to pro-democracy protests gripping the island, an analyst said Thursday.

Some employers are "taking advantage" by asking Filipinos who stay indoors during their rest days to take on extra chores, said Mahee Leclerc, business development manager of recruitment platform HelperChoice.

"Because of the unrest and the protest they can't really go out that much. Sometimes they stay home which led them to being more isolated because they can't gather with their friends," Leclerc told ANC's Early Edition.

Many Filipino domestic workers have turned to digital solutions to send remittances this holiday season to cut costs and avoid getting caught in melees, she said.