There has been a pork shortage in Hong Kong. Photo: iStock

A domestic worker in Hong Kong was in tears at a wet market because she could not find any fresh pork, and a friend posted her woes on social media.

The message was put on a Facebook group called “must-read news for domestic workers’ employers” after one member said a domestic worker cried for help in the wet market because she could not find any fresh pork, Headline Daily reported.

A person named Catherine said her domestic worker saw a compatriot crying in the wet market on May 14. The woman said her employer would not allow her to return home if she could not buy fresh meat in the market.

It was a mission impossible as no live pigs have been available recently due to African swine fever. The Hong Kong government announced a cull of 6,000 live pigs as the first case of African swine fever was confirmed in the city on May 10.

Two slaughterhouses in the city were closed for nine days for cleaning and disinfection. The supply of live pigs resumed on Monday. Her domestic worker said no fresh meat could be found in the market due to the disease.

The maid cried as she had spent three hours looking for fresh meat, but had come up empty-handed. After a talk, it was understood that the worker is a newcomer. She had only been in Hong Kong for a month.

Catherine felt sorry for the worker as she did not speak Cantonese. Her employer might not be aware of the shortage.

Many people left comments on Facebook saying they were sorry for the domestic worker. They also urged Hong Kong employers to be more considerate and better communicate with their domestic workers, especially when don’t fully understand Chinese.

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