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Singaporean President Skirts Controversies Over Sand, Maids Two deals signed on health and professional training after meeting in Phnom Penh BY KHY SOVUTHY | JANUARY 10, 2017 | អានជាភាសាខ្មែរ Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s visit to Phnom Penh on Monday yielded two agreements on education and health, but no words on controversial sand imports […]

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This is my story about my family, my struggles at work, and my going-back-home dilemma. My name is Cel, I am 29 years old and I come from Maasin, Iloilo, Philippines. Back home, we have a small piece of land and we live in a small bamboo house together. My father works as a farmer […]

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Original article at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/rights-groups-want-more-support-to-help-maids-tackle-mental/3122462.html More initiatives are being rolled out to help foreign domestic workers cope with the transition, but one rights group is calling for more to be done to address “deep structural issues” such as not being able to switch employers freely. By Vanessa Paige Chelvan Posted 13 Sep 2016 18:11 Updated 13 […]

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Straits Times: Info on MOM’s online directory of such firms; customers have been rating them on a scale of 1-5 Check on Employment Agency ratings through this MOM website. Would-be employers of domestic helpers can now check on the effectiveness of a maid agency, following a new rating system based on scores given to an […]

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Original article at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/meet-the-people-sessions/2883470.html HOME Executive Director Jolovan Wham speaks to 938LIVE’s Bharati Jagdish about what’s needed to make Singaporeans and the Government do more to improve the lives of migrant workers, and the need for Singaporeans to care about issues beyond just the personal. Posted 18 Jun 2016 12:10 Jolovan Wham speaks at a protest at Speakers […]

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Original article at http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/1976195/hong-kong-domestic-helpers-dreams-dashed-debt (Anisya has reproduced this article here as an ongoing effort to generate public awareness around the changing landscape of employer-FDW relationships) Caught between unscrupulous employment agencies and an apathetic government, many Hong Kong domestic helpers find themselves locked in a vicious cycle of poverty, write Angharad Hampshire and Georgia Feldmanis. Domestic helper […]

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Original article at http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/maids-essential-or-a-luxury By Rachel Au-Yong When Indonesia said last month that it intended to stop sending new live-in maids abroad from as early as next year, alarm bells sounded for some employment agents and families in Singapore. Indonesia, after all, is the biggest source of domestic helpers, with more than 125,000 women here. And […]

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17% of Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers Are Engaged in Forced Labor, Study Says The plight of domestic workers in Hong Kong has made headlines in recent years after several high-profile cases in which employers had beat and tortured their helpers. A new study shows that, far from being isolated cases, instances of abuse are more […]

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Singapore has more than 200,000 domestic helpers, mostly from Indonesia and the Philippines. These helpers know all our quirks, likes and dislikes. But how well do we know them? We send 3 local personalities – Benjamin Heng, Daphne Khoo and Paul Foster – to take a walk in their helpers’ shoes. Part 1: 15 January […]

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On The Red Dot follows Singaporean celebrities as they travel to their helpers’ hometowns to experience what life back home is like for them. Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/visiting-helpers-homes/2428576.html Benjamin Heng sees his helper’s home in Indonesia for the first time and is surprised by its sheer size SINGAPORE: When local actor Benjamin Heng arrived at his domestic helper’s […]

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