Anger as helpers get squeezed

Central Station | 28 Jul 2020

In Hong Kong's tight real estate market, is it really necessary for domestic helpers to live in a cabinet?

Netizens were in an uproar after photos of "customized" living quarters for domestic helpers was posted on a Facebook group for employers of domestic helpers.

The large-sized two-story cupboard, which is placed in the living room, was customized by an employer living in Ho Man Tin. A staircase connects the lower level to the upper level where the helper can lie down but not stand.

The sleeping space also fails to provide ventilation.

Some said the employer is treating the domestic worker as a slave and sleeping in the cabinet is like living in a coffin.

But others said it was better than nothing, with Hongkongers living in similar conditions.

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