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Caged Humans in Louis Vuitton City

Caged Humans in Louis Vuitton City


In recent years, animal rights campaigners have fought against the horrific living conditions of chickens reared in battery cages. Yet, in Hong Kong, humans are being made to suffer similar indignities.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s biggest cities, with more Louis Vuitton shops than Paris. Yet, as a recent article in the Daily Mail explains, the gap between the city’s rich and poor is stark. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 people are forced to live in 6ft by 2 ½ ft cages due to a luxury property boom that is pricing the poorest out of the market. These “homes” are sometimes stacked three levels high, with 20 to a room. For such degrading conditions, landlords are charging $200 per month.

Cheung lives in one such cage in Sham Shui Po. He explains that it is not only the limited space that he has to combat but temperatures that ‘can be two to three degrees higher than what they are outside’ – a serious problem in a notoriously hot and humid city. Furthermore, the cages cannot keep out the creepy crawlies: ‘sometimes I am worried if lizards or cockroaches will crawl into my ears at night’ said Cheung.

Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights declares the ‘right of everyone to an adequate standard of living.’ A government would be hard pressed to describe these cages as ‘adequate.’ However, China is not a signatory to the Covenant. Perhaps it’s time to campaign for free range humans.

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4:49AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

This story doesn't make any sense to me. A cage with the two dimensions listed (assuming the 3rd is not oblong) is not a livable space, so why would anyone pay rent for somewhere they cannot even lie down and sleep instead of just living in the street for free where there is room to lie down? What is described here is not a living space that anyone would pay rent for. Seriously, who is going to pay rent for a cage not big enough to even sleep in not to mention is missing a bathroom and cooking space?

3:04AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

These are terrible living arrangements. I'm sure the government lives better than that, so they should step in and help these people out.

9:32AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

thank you for posting. how awful.

6:20PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

how sad

10:35AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

These conditions should not be permitted to exist. The government of China should intervene to assist these individuals.

7:23AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

fà veramente schifo..

6:37AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Hong Kong has the worst income gap in the world.

4:32AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

This is discusting making people live this way.

2:20AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

thanks for the info

12:35PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

horrible. disgusting

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