‘A profound, disturbing and compassionate account of the tragic lives of women migrant workers who live and suffer in our midst but are, to most of us, invisible…Once read there is no place for denial or complacency – they can be invisible no longer.’ – Helen Bamber OBE
In this chilling and vital exposé, Invisible, published by The Westbourne Press, on Monday, 15 April 2013, acclaimed investigative journalist, Hsiao-Hung Pai, the only writer in Britain who has truly penetrated the world of undocumented Chinese migrants, works undercover as a housekeeper in a number of brothels, and unveils the terrible reality of the British sex trade. Showing unparalleled insight into this unknown culture, this is essential reading for anyone interested in current affairs, the global trend of the feminisation of migration, the sex industry, and attitudes to women within the UK.
Workers are trapped and controlled – the lack of freedom this invisible strait of society suffers is shocking and scandalous, at odds with contemporary conceptions of Britain in the twenty-first century – and they are spread across the country, from leafy St. Johns Wood in London, to Burnley in Lancashire. With compassion and insight, Hsiao-Hung Pai uncovers the difficult truth in this remarkable title, as she puts herself at risk to reveal the plight of anonymous women, and the world they inhabit on the margins.
A feature-length documentary based on Invisible, directed by Nick Broomfield, will be screened on Channel 4 later this year, entitled, Sex My British Job.