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English-speaking nannies and maids from the Philippines are in demand among China’s wealthy, but visa restrictions have created a thriving black market of nearly 200,000 domestic workers

4 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
elpers from the Philippines are sought after as a status symbol due to their reputation for professionalism and ability to help children learning English, but Chinese regulations do not allow for foreign citizens to be hired as household help.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.