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.