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Singaporean arrested over illegal recruitment of Filipino maids

Published on Jul 21, 2014 7:53 AM

A Singaporean and 13 Filipinos have been arrested in connection with the alleged illegal recruitment of maids to work in Singapore.

Police said Singaporean Yvonne Phua, 55, was arrested along with a Filipino couple, Michael and Joy Abellar, during a raid last Friday.

Chief Inspector Elizabeth Jasmin, a spokesman for the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), told The Straits Times yesterday that Phua was inspecting maids recruited by the Abellars, in her role as liaison for her husband's business.

"He owns one of the recruiting agencies. She visited the Philippines to check on the maids being trained," said the chief inspector.

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