But while she waits for the outcome, the year-old said potential employers still refuse to hire her, even though her child lives in the Philippines with her family. Although domestic workers generally have better protection in Hong Kong than in other parts of Asia, mistreatment in the city has come under scrutiny since when an Indonesian maid was beaten by her employer and burned with boiling water. In some cases, women find themselves unemployable because of an unplanned pregnancy resulting from sexual abuse, she said. The year-old would also lose her visa to stay in Hong Kong - something she could not afford to do being the breadwinner of her family in Indonesia. Many pregnant foreign domestic workers are also unlawfully fired, charities say, leading to homelessness and destitution, with some women selling sex to survive and are at risk of exploitation and trafficking. Without a job, domestic workers also lose access to social benefits like healthcare or food aid, and quietly slip through the cracks into destitution, Chow said, whose organization helped at least women and children in alone. Having worked for 13 years in Hong Kong, she was terrified that her employer would fire her, jeopardizing her future and that of her unborn child. Reporting by Lin Taylor linnytayls, Editing by Ros Russell; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters that covers humanitarian issues, conflicts, land and property rights, modern slavery and human trafficking, gender equality, climate change and resilience. Women from poorer, more traditional communities, who have little sex education, are often too ashamed to go home or tell their families about the baby and subsequent sacking, she said.
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