Maids borrowing trouble along with money

Many who turn to moneylenders get exploited when they cannot repay loans

Ms Geng Haiyu (left) received threatening calls and messages from loan sharks after her maid, who borrowed at least $4,000 from more than seven moneylenders, fled. Ms Geng has since made police reports (above).
Ms Geng Haiyu received threatening calls and messages from loan sharks after her maid, who borrowed at least $4,000 from more than seven moneylenders, fled. Ms Geng has since made police reports (above).ST PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG

Domestic helper Joanna (not her real name) runs a sideline business on her days off - offering loans of up to $300 to other maids here.

Operating in Orchard Road without her employer's knowledge, the Filipina uses her own savings to help cash-strapped maids, offering a 20 per cent interest rate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline 'Maids borrowing trouble along with money'. Subscribe