Hong Kong Ratcatchers
Can anyone please help me find the three Chinese characters for the occupation of Lou Shree Mong. I am preparing text for a publication of oral history interviews recorded with Australian born Chinese. One interviewee talks about getting out of Hong Kong after the Japanese occupation. One of his friends who was advising him on the best way to do this:
"worked for the Lou Shree Mong, the Sanitation department rat trappers. They were the street scavengers and wore a yellow uniform. I found out later that besides catching rats, the scavengers picked up the corpses as well as people beaten up by thugs and left for dead. The lives of such people depended on the scavengers. That was why they were so widely respected."
I am hopeful that among all the Gwulo members there is someone who can assist with the Chinese characters for these three words. It would be greatly appreciated. I can be contacted via Gwulo or directly on my email firstname.lastname@example.org.