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Migrant recruitment agencies a pampered racket

HONG KONG (SE): “If you will let us look for your new employer, we will charge at least $8,000,” a migrant worker pretending that she had been recently terminated was told by a member of the staff at an employment agency in Mong Kok on March 3.

Their conversation is just one among 10 secretly recorded by the Progressive Labour Union of Domestic Workers in Hong Kong and Rights Exposure that is included a newly-released documentary, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

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A long haul but recruitment agency business can be cleaned up

HONG KONG (SE): David Bishop, the founder of an employment agency set up with the deliberate aim of not charging foreign domestic workers illegal fees, said at a forum held in the Meng Wah Complex at the University of Hong Kong on May 22 that eliminating unethical and illegal practices from the industry needs the cooperation of both employers and employees.

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