ST CloseUp: How foreign workers are illegally recruited in Singapore

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Migrant workers seeking employment in Singapore can pay up to 20 times their salary to illegal agents. CloseUp investigates why this is happening.

SINGAPORE - This is Singapore's dirty little secret. Few locals want to work in industries such as construction. Yet, some foreign workers willing to do so have to pay thousands of dollars - sometimes up to $20,000 - to get these jobs.

Who is illegally asking for these fees? Singapore employers, fellow migrant workers and underground recruitment agents. CloseUp investigates.

CloseUp, a new investigative video series by The Straits Times, seeks to give a deeper look at issues that hit close to home. It aims to delve beneath the surface of some of the biggest headlines in town.

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