Cleaners – “Some think we’re stupid” – careers


When the first children come and their careers pick up speed, many families want someone to help clean up – and employ black cleaning aids. A legal solution would have advantages for everyone involved.

As a youngster, Luciana da Silva had a dream: the Portuguese-born woman wanted to become a legal assistant. In her homeland she had worked in a law firm during the holidays. “I liked that,” she says. But it turned out differently. Da Silva, who is actually called different, became a cleaning lady. She is one of around three million women and a few men who work as domestic helpers in Germany.

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