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Numbers down, but some maids still made to work illegally

March 2, 2012 - 1:43am


By day, Siti (not her real name), cooked and cleaned her employer’s house. By night, the 30-year-old Indonesian maid cleaned her employer’s massage parlour.

This went on for about five months. Tired and afraid, Siti eventually confided in her employer’s neighbour, who advised her to call the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

While cases like Siti's still exist, the good news is that the number of cases involving the illegal deployment of maids is falling.  An MOM spokesman said there are 206,000 foreign domestic workers in Singapore.

In 2008, 151 people were convicted of illegal deployment of maids. For the first six months of last year, the figure dropped to 36.


It is great that Siti managed to transfer to another Singaporean family. I feel sorry for the maids who are forced to work so much. Sometimes I just wonder why people can't be responsible for themselves and be independant. Perhaps they are busy? Well, at least, it is good news that number of cases involving the illegal deployment of maids is falling. I hope one day Singapore will be perfect; no crime at all, a carefree country.

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