Branches of Hope’s STOP team is thrilled to have collaborated with SCMP journalists in highlighting Gita’s story and the growing challenges faced by the Sri Lankan community of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong.
In our experience, economic hardships and limited job opportunities back home often leave Sri Lankan workers vulnerable to exploitation. They are frequently deceived or coerced into illegal employment arrangements, unpaid labor, and debt bondage. Fear of deportation, language & information barriers, combined with the absence of consular presence, further hinder their access to support.
While Gita’s case may not have resulted in the justice she deserved, it has only fueled her determination to speak up for her community, to warn others about the unscrupulous practices of unethical brokers, and to encourage those trapped in difficult employment situations to seek assistance. We are immensely proud and inspired by Gita’s strength and compassion.
Alongside Gita and all those who have experienced exploitation, Branches of Hope will continue our efforts to bring about positive change and strive for a future where all workers are treated with dignity and fairness.遣送政策收緊半年 466聲請人覆核失敗被驅 – 20230730 – 港聞 – 每日明報 – 明報新聞網 (mingpao.com): Ming Pao: July 2023 PANGYAO – A Social Platform for Hong Kong’s Migrant Worker Community: Pangyao Magazine: Feb 2023
After escaping exploitation, trafficked domestic workers in Hong Kong face another hurdle – legal recognition
Research carried out by Justice Centre Hong Kong in 2016 found that 17 per cent of the migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong were in forced labour, and 14 per cent of those had been trafficked.After escaping exploitation, trafficked domestic workers in Hong Kong face another hurdle – legal recognition – Hong Kong Free Press HKFP (hongkongfp.com): Hong Kong Free Press: Sep 2022
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