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Plans by the Indonesian Government to protect some of its workers abroad have backfired and made them more vulnerable to “unscrupulous” employment agencies in Hong Kong, the China Daily writes today.
“Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong, continue to live under the yoke of employment agencies, many of which charge exorbitant fees, retain personal papers and engage in other unscrupulous practices,” the paper claims.
The Hong Kong staffing market has two distinct streams; professional staffing providers operating according to the usual international standards and the less-reputable part of the market that sources domestic staff from lower waged economies such as Indonesia.
“These agencies are abusing their power. They have benefited from the business but they abuse it. It's not right, and I don't like it,” said Hari Budiato, consul general in the Indonesian government.
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