MOM bans 60 abusive employers in 3 years from hiring maids again, but observers say loopholes remain

Migrant worker rights groups say the ban is a good deterrent, since the consequences are felt by the entire household. However, some want better enforcement of the ban, while others note that the key is to ensure domestic helpers have access to help if they face difficulties. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER
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A little-known Ministry of Manpower (MOM) rule bans abusive employers - and all their household members - from ever hiring maids again.

Between 2016 and last year, the ministry has permanently banned about 20 convicted abusers per year from hiring foreign domestic workers. This tallies with the number of reported court cases involving maid abuse.

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