Burma has banned its nationals from going to Hong Kong to work as domestic helpers, Hong Kong Headline Daily reported Tuesday.
The ban comes after the high-profile media coverage of an Indonesian maid who suffered years of abuse from her Hong Kong employer.
Burmese domestic helpers are a minority in a market dominated by Filipinos and Indonesians. It takes up to three months to hire a foreign domestic helper due to a persistent shortage and a lengthy application process.
A local labor agency has won an annual quota of 2,000 Burmese helpers but only 26 have been deployed since the program began in February, the report said
Meanwhile, Joseph Law, chairman of the Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association, told the newspaper that he expects the shortage to continue.
Burma’s decision to stop sending domestic workers to Hong Kong is an internal matter and has nothing to do with the case of the Indonesian maid, Law was quoted as saying.
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