More underage maids spotted in Singapore and sent home

Foreign domestic workers are required to attend a settling-in programme, where daily checks will be conducted. Those who confess to being underage will be sent home, but will be allowed to return after they turn 23.
A new maid having her thumb print taken during registration for her work permit at the MOM Services Centre last Tuesday. As of last year, Singapore has 240,000 maids. New maids attending a Settling-In Programme. Last year, the Manpower Ministry punis
New maids attending a Settling-In Programme. Last year, the Manpower Ministry punished more than 80 employment agencies for bringing in underage maids. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
A new maid having her thumb print taken during registration for her work permit at the MOM Services Centre last Tuesday. As of last year, Singapore has 240,000 maids. New maids attending a Settling-In Programme. Last year, the Manpower Ministry punis
A Ministry of Manpower spokesman said Singapore's recruiters are legally responsible for ensuring the maids they bring in meet all entry requirements.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Numbers up with intensified enforcement efforts by MOM

Bidding her parents and three older siblings goodbye, Thet (not her real name) boarded a bus in Pekhon township in Myanmar's Shan state for a 15-hour journey last month.

She arrived in Yangon at 6am and was taken by a recruiting agent to a house where she stayed for a month. In that time, the agent helped her apply for a passport and found her a job as a maid with a family of five in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'More underage maids spotted and sent home'. Print Edition | Subscribe