Last Updated: Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:44 am (KSA) 08:44 am (GMT)

From Bangkok Post: Hong Kong to rule on maids residency next month

Philippine women use their laptop computers at a popular gathering place for domestic helpers to gather in Hong Kong's central district.
Philippine women use their laptop computers at a popular gathering place for domestic helpers to gather in Hong Kong's central district.

A Hong Kong court will rule next month whether foreign maids are allowed to settle permanently in the city, it said Wednesday as the hearing into a landmark and controversial case wrapped up.

The action by Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a Philippine domestic helper who has lived in Hong Kong since 1986 but was denied permanent residency, has cast a spotlight on the financial hub's treatment of its army of foreign maids.

High Court judge Johnson Lam reserved judgement after a two-and-a-half day hearing and said he will deliver a decision by the end of September, with an exact date yet to be fixed, Vallejos' lawyer Peter Barnes told AFP.

For more on this, please see: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/253273/hong-kong-to-rule-on-maids-residency-next-month

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