About 160 workers deported over loans

The number of foreign borrowers who take loans from licensed moneylenders has continued to spike this year to 53,000, up from 35,500 in the same period last year.
The number of foreign borrowers who take loans from licensed moneylenders has continued to spike this year to 53,000, up from 35,500 in the same period last year.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

They are also barred from work here after borrowing from illegal lenders, loan sharks

About 160 foreign work-pass holders - mostly domestic workers - who borrowed money from unlicensed moneylenders and loan sharks have been repatriated since last October and barred from employment here.

Two maids are also being investigated by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for acting as brokers for licensed moneylenders and profiting from it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 17, 2019, with the headline 'About 160 workers deported over loans'. Print Edition | Subscribe