My wife is always amazed when we are Central on a Sunday and when we walk around she tells me she can hear so many dialects being spoken by the different groups of helpers.
The area around Pedder Street/Connaught Road is really crowded with Filipinos. Many go to Worldwide House as lots of Philippine banks and other agencies occupy several floors. The street outside are full of shippers packing balikbayan boxes and then as the pics show thousands congregate on the footbridges in Central. The Filipinas tend to stick to Central and Wanchai while the Indonesians tend to congregate more in Causeway Bay. There are some good cheap Indonesian restaurant down the side streets in that area.
The Filipina domestic helpers should get a minimum wage of HK$4110 which is around US$530 or almost PHP26,000 a month. I guess that most do as they are pretty well organised and stick up for their rights. The really exploited helpers are the ones from Indonesia, many of whom don't get the minimum wage and don't seem to have good support systems in place.
This is exactly what I saw, and those are the areas where I took the pics (I had more but there is an upload limit here). Also, ditto on the expected salary per month.
On the day I was there, one street had some (what appeared to be outsider) "activists" promoting a petition having to do with rights of these OFW's... there was some, but limited interest.
I think too, their more-or-less morena appearance (especially in contract to the lighter skinned chinese) makes them a giveaway for domestic helpers. I can't even think of any filipino men I saw during my walk on Sunday.
The next day on Monday, I saw a little scene that cemented my impressions - bounding along on a sidewalk a couple young chinese school boys, maybe 9-10, accompanied by family... and lagging just behind them... a young filipina, maybe the height of the boys, carrying both of their backpacks...
Edited by profits101, 12 December 2016 - 12:31 PM .