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    :: Tuesday, December 20, 2005 ::

    'Exploited' maids form trade union - By Richard Spencer, telegraph.co.uk
    Fed up with abusive employers, restrictive immigration laws and cuts in their minimum wage since the Asian financial crisis, foreign domestic workers, as they are officially known, have begun to form their own trades union.

    They achieved their most impressive turnout yet at rallies against the World Trade Organisation summit in Hong Kong this week, forming phalanxes of young south-east Asian women among the international socialists and well-drilled South Korean farmers.

    'We are one of the exploited people of the world,' said Eni Lestari, 25, a maid from Indonesia who has lived in Hong Kong for six years. Miss Lestari was 20 and had been out of Indonesia for only six months when she formed the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers to help other women like herself.
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