April 9, 1999
helper search service launched in Hong Kong
Hong Kong company has launched an online domestic
helper search service - under the less than flattering
moniker , www.amahnet.com
. The free service is aimed at removing intermediaries
and is supposed to allow employers and domestic helpers
to negotiate one-on-one.
Amahnet.com, the company behind the
site, has successfully created a simple, user-friendly
search service with a comprehensive database of domestic
helpers currently residing in Hong Kong. Employers,
in the convenience of their home or office can complete
the online search form for their ideal helper based
on their experience with infants, teenagers, the elderly,
pets, language skills, cooking abilities and other
domestic duties. Within seconds the employer will
obtain a detailed list of candidates with photographs
and contact numbers, permitting direct communication
"Last year I urgently needed a
domestic helper. I wasted a lot of time and money
visiting employment agencies with poor results. I
discovered that there were many others going through
a similar ordeal. I realised there was a need for
a convenient, easy-to-use search service like Amahnet.com,"
explained Christine Wang, managing director of Amahnet.com.
To be included in the Amahnet.com Internet
database and be seen by 700,000 Hong Kong people and
millions around the World who are online everyday,
domestic helpers need to register at the Central office.
After completing the bio data form, a digital photograph
will be taken and a fee of HK$290 for two months will
be charged. Domestic helpers who sign up before April
30, 1999, will receive a third month free.