Hong Kong makes every effort to protect domestic helpers: official

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/8/10 20:29:21

Law Chi-kwong, labor and welfare secretary of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government, said on Thursday that the Hong Kong SAR government has made every effort to protect the rights and welfare of domestic helpers.

"We have been stepping up our measures in Hong Kong, trying to protect them, and particularly in terms of law enforcement," he said during a joint press conference after meeting with Cambodian Labor Minister Ith Samheng in Phnom Penh.

He said the Hong Kong authorities have worked closely with employment agencies and consulates general of respective countries to protect the domestic helpers and to educate them about their rights and welfare.

He said domestic helpers in Hong Kong can seek help from the Hong Kong SAR government, police or the consulate general of their country when they face any difficult situation.

Meanwhile, Law said his visit to Cambodia was to talk with the Cambodian labor minister and recruitment agency representatives about arrangements for Cambodian women to work in Hong Kong as domestic helpers.

Ith Samheng said Hong Kong's relaxation of visa restrictions for Cambodian workers, investors and students since March 1 has made it easier for Cambodian workers to successfully apply for visas to Hong Kong.

"Through our discussion, the first group of Cambodian laborers will probably depart for Hong Kong in late 2017," he said during a joint press conference.

Law arrived in Cambodia on Wednesday for a three-day visit.


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