Justin Heifetz​​

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Inside the Dubious Schools Training Filipina Women for Domestic Work Overseas

For working-class women in the Philippines, becoming a live-in domestic employee abroad is a chance to provide for themselves and their families. But they often face exploitation and debt from training centers, employment agencies, and the employers...
Justin Heifetz​​
4.10.17
politics

In Hong Kong, Accessing Abortion Is Difficult, Expensive, and Dangerous

Legal restrictions, overcrowded public hospitals, and steep private clinic prices often prevent young women in Hong Kong from terminating their pregnancies safely. For many, the only viable option is to cross the border into mainland China, where a...
Justin Heifetz​​
11.14.16
Music

Inside the Intense Training Centers Where Young Girls Compete to Be K-Pop Stars

For those who hope to make it in South Korea's K-pop music industry, training centers like Def Dance Skool are a rigorous, expensive first step to stardom—though few students will actually get a contract with a major label.
Justin Heifetz​​
10.5.16
Features

The Teen Girls Trying to Make It in Hong Kong's 'Cantopop' Music Industry

In the 1980s, women hoping to succeed in the tiny, but thriving Cantonese pop music industry had legitimate hopes of a rags-to-riches fairytale. Today, that career is basically off limits to anyone who isn't wealthy.
Justin Heifetz​​
9.6.16
Features

For Hong Kong's 'Compensated Daters,' the Payoff Is Complicated

For young girls in Hong Kong, working as a "compensated dater" is a way to make quick cash and plan for your future. But some wonder if the risk is worth it.
Justin Heifetz​​
8.23.16
Travel

Vagina Steaming Isn’t as Glamorous as Gwyneth Paltrow Makes It Sound

In beauty salons on the Indonesian island of Bali, vagina steaming—a procedure the GOOP maven championed in 2015—is popular with locals, but it's nothing like a day at the spa.
Justin Heifetz​​
7.5.16
politics

Hong Kong's Complicated, Bustling 'Lady Boy' Sex Industry

For trans sex workers, Hong Kong is one of the most lucrative places in Asia. But the city's attitude towards asylum seekers—and transgender people in general—makes life very hard for some.
Justin Heifetz​​
6.30.16