Modern Heros, Modern Slaves
This is an ongoing project for domestic workers who are hailed as modern heroes in their countries but treated as modern slaves. Domestic workers are often vulnerable to human rights violation. Modern slavery seldom makes it in the news and often ignored as if it’s the norm. A huge number of domestic workers in Hong Kong suffer from physical, mental and verbal abuse from their employers but refuse to speak out due to fear of losing their jobs. Being a domestic worker myself for almost a decade, I can relate to what they are going through, our voices are unheard and our most basic human rights violated. Social Exclusion, Discrimination and Slavery happen behind closed doors everyday. Some of us who can’t take the daily exploitation, run away and rescued by Bethune House Shelter. Hidden from the public eye and cramped inside a 900 Sq. Ft of a tiny flat, this is what happens inside the shelter where distressed and displaced domestic workers seek hope and justice. This is Hong Kong's open secret. I hope to be the voice of my fellow domestic workers by using photography as a tool to let our muted voices be heard and stop the injustice that we experience behind close doors. I want to continue the project and photograph domestic workers whose human rights have been violated but don’t have the voice to speak out. It’s happening not only in Hong Kong but also in every country specially in South East Asia that hires
domestic workers. We are treated like commodities in our countries and being sent to different parts of the world. Our stories deserve a worldwide audience and by planting seed of awareness through photography, we bring change.