More than 200 maids in debt seek help after loan cap takes effect

Blessed Grace Social Services' founder joins forces with credit association to help maids in need

Blessed Grace Social Services founder and executive director Billy Lee (seated) with the Credit Association of Singapore's president Peter Tan (far left), CAS secretary Carol Tan and BGSS chairman Too Lee Soong. Pastor Lee negotiates with moneylender
Pastor Billy Lee speaking to more than 200 maids in debt who showed up seeking help at Blessed Grace Social Services in Ubi on Sunday, a week after new limits on how much foreign workers can borrow took effect.PHOTO: BLESSED GRACE SOCIAL SERVICES
Blessed Grace Social Services founder and executive director Billy Lee (seated) with the Credit Association of Singapore's president Peter Tan (far left), CAS secretary Carol Tan and BGSS chairman Too Lee Soong. Pastor Lee negotiates with moneylender
Blessed Grace Social Services founder and executive director Billy Lee (seated) with the Credit Association of Singapore's president Peter Tan (far left), CAS secretary Carol Tan and BGSS chairman Too Lee Soong. Pastor Lee negotiates with moneylenders to work out a repayment plan for maids, and gets help from the CAS when he runs into difficulty. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Just over a week after new limits on how much foreign workers can borrow took effect, more than 200 Filipino maids turned up at voluntary welfare organisation Blessed Grace Social Services (BGSS) in Ubi on Sunday.

All had taken varying amounts of loans from moneylenders and were struggling to pay back the money.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2018, with the headline 'More than 200 maids in debt seek help after loan cap takes effect'. Print Edition | Subscribe