There are upwards of 50,000 people who are having to live in cages. These poor people are unable to find permanent residence and are forced into this make shift accommodation.
Although it is better than sleeping on the streets, conditions are unhygienic and cramped. Local people refer to the people living in them as “cage dogs” – so that gives you an idea of the peoples status within the local community.
The government categorise the cages as “bedspace apartments” – which seems like a wildly exaggerated claim. The average ‘apartment’ has 12 or more cages which are often stacked on top of each other.
It is completely legal for landlords to offer this kind of accommodation. All they need to do is apply to the local government for the appropriate license.
Once resident, Roger Lee, who is 61 said that:
Incredibly over 300,000 people are on the waiting list to be granted one of these glorified dog kennels. It’s shocking to think about the conditions some people must be living in to want to have one of these cages as their home.
This is one of the richest cities on the planet, yet they still allow people to live like this.