Germany’s role model for illegal cleaning ladiesby Mattia Rosini - 2014.11.07
Qualified women who are mostly over-60 and working mainly on the black market. This is the profile of domestic workers in Germany according to research from Minijob-Zentrale, published on 'Tag der Putzfrau', the day dedicated to the cleaners, the 8th of November. The initiative, which is half-serious and half-fiction, was launched in 2004 by Gesine Schulz, an author of detective novels whose main character, Karo Rutkowsky, is an unemployed teacher, part-time domestic workers and detective in her spare time. The 8th of November is Karo's birthday - in the books, of course. The initiative is an opportunity to draw attention to a profession that is often not respected and yet even less regulated, although government experts says there are more than 4 million families who employ a cleaning lady.
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