Domestic Worker Statements

All of these workers were employed by expat executives in the private equity ecosystem (i.e., banking, law, and accounting). 

Details have been disguised to protect identities. The photos are representative only and do not depict the actual domestic worker.

“They never gave me enough to eat. Only the bones of the fish or chicken. Once, they caught me with my own food and forced me to throw it out.”

– Bulan, Indonesia

I was taken to Singapore from Hong Kong on their vacation, but their family there had other helpers. So they took me to work in their cousin’s factory in Malaysia. I lived in a factory dorm. My phone didn’t work, and I had no way of contacting my family.”

– Angela, Philippines

“They hired nine helpers over four years, and were very abusive so all quit or were fired. I didn’t know this before I started. It’s hard to quit because it costs so much to get another job.”

– Bernila, Philippines

“In order to get my employer to renew my contract, I had to recruit other helpers to have sex with him. It was really embarrassing to ask them.”

– Maria Christina, Philippines

My employer hit me. When I tried to quit, they wouldn’t let me. They kept my passport and told me I was not allowed to quit.”

– Sophia, Philippines

“On my Sunday off, I could not leave until 11am after their breakfast. Then I had to be home by 5pm to make their dinner. Sometimes I had no day off at all.”

– Citra, Indonesia

“When I was half-way through the application process, the [employment] agency said I needed to pay 25,000 PHP (US $445). Then they made me sign a piece of paper saying ‘I did not pay fees’, but it was a lie.”

– Tala, Philippines

“They said they hired only helpers [that were] young and [for whom it was their] first time [arriving in] Hong Kong because they wouldn’t know their rights.”

– Imelda, Philippines

“I was not given a bedroom as [stated] in my contract. Instead, I slept in a small laundry room. When they got mad at me, they would start the washing machine late at night. It made it too hot and noisy to sleep.”

– Indah, Indonesia

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