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Boarding House for Helpers

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    Boarding House for Helpers

    Hi,

    Does anyone have the address or contact for the boarding house in Aberdeen or Stanley? We want to place our helpers there for 2 months while we are renovating our kitchen and helpers' quarters.

    TIA

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    Oops! Title should read BOARDING not BOATING! Sorry!

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    Boarding houses are illegal in Hong Kong as your helper is required to live with you. But as we all know, many don't and the only way to find a boarding house is through the helpers' network themselves. All of them will know a friend of a friend who has a place somewhere. We know of a friend whose helper went to a particular neighbourhood she wanted to live in and asked the other helpers she saw shopping/walking in the area there for boarding accommodation leads and found a great room.

    Good luck!

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    There is a boarding house in the village near Chi Fu - Pok Fu Lam. A couple of Filipinos who run it had showed up at our place to pick up some free furniture we had advertised for sale.

    As GeoDenise says, best to let the helper network provide the suggestions - they know whats been raided, what is safe etc...

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    Legally your helper should live with you. But boarding houses, per say, are not illegal. For example, helpers between contracts or waiting for visa papers stay at boarding houses legally. Some helpers opt to take their weekly Sunday off at a boarding house - particularly those with a partner or spouse in HK.
    Some agencies run their own boarding houses -- I'd trust these more than some random outside place. I know the agency we use -- Arrow -- runs its own boarding house, for a modest cost per night.

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    Immigration raided a boarding house in Discovery Bay today and and arrested 6 domestic helpers for residing outside of their employer's homes.

    According to the spokesman, it is an offense to make false representation to Immigration Officers. Offenders are liable to prosecution and to a maximum fine of $150,000 and imprisonment for 14 years.

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    I think it's ridiculous, first of all, that certain people -- just because they do certain jobs and come from poor countries -- are not allowed to have their own homes, if their employers are willing to pay the extra rent for them.

    And, aside from the actual law -- I think it's ridiculous that, of all the many crimes committed in this city, the government decides to crack down on maids in one of the city's safest residential neighborhoods. Of all the problems with smugglers coming over the mainland border -- not to mention triad activity and unscrupulous "cage home" landlords -- they've decided to punish Filipina domestic workers?

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    14 years in prison because someone wants to live in her own home, even if she's done nothing to harm anyone else?

    Funny how we never see crackdowns on the huge number of local employers who underpay their helpers or deny their days off.

    Anyway, where are you reading about this raid? I just checked the SCMP, Standard and RTHK online, and there's nothing.

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