Fatal Lucky Plaza accident highlights lack of public places for migrant workers

Many resort to gathering by the roadside on their days off, with non-profit groups saying more needs to be done

Top: A 2013 photo showing maids at a walkway between Lucky Plaza and Tong Building in Orchard Road. Above: Filipino maid Leonila Incillo near the site of the accident at Lucky Plaza where people have placed flowers in memory of the victims. Madam Inc
Filipino maid Leonila Incillo near the site of the accident at Lucky Plaza where people have placed flowers in memory of the victims. Madam Incillo says this is the spot where she would meet her daughter every Sunday.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAO HUI, JASON QUAH

Before Lucky Plaza became a popular hangout for Filipino maids, there was "Gulong Park", where they gathered on weekends.

For more than a decade, the field behind Orchard MRT station where Ion Orchard now sits was a prime spot for Filipino maids to meet.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'Fatal accident highlights need for safe spaces for migrant workers'. Print Edition | Subscribe