Comprising five percent of Hong Kong’s population, there are over 370,000 migrant domestic worker in the city. Nearly half are women from the Philippines. The Filipino migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong are often charged exorbitant high fees by unscrupulous employment agencies. 

The Hong Kong government fails to prevent the illegal practices and protect the rights of Filipino migrant domestic workers. As a result, many domestic workers have little choice but to pay these fees, making themselves heavily indebted, and making it difficult to leave their sometimes exploitative and abusive employers. 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place is a short documentary film made for the Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers – Hong Kong (PLUDW-HK) and Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union (FADWU).

The documentary was filmed and directed by Ivan Abreu in 2016 in collaboration with Rights Exposure. Production by Rights Exposure.

Format: Short-documentary

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