Maids risk jail by taking on part-time jobs as cleaners, KTV hostesses

Maids at an employment agency in 2015. Some maids are pressed by their employers to work for other households or for the employers' own businesses.
Maids at an employment agency in 2015. Some maids are pressed by their employers to work for other households or for the employers' own businesses.PHOTO: ST FILE

Every Sunday, domestic helper Jody (not her real name) whips up a few of her well-loved Filipino recipes, but she is not preparing a meal for her employer's household.

Instead, the middle-aged woman is running an illegal makeshift food business on her day off.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2019, with the headline 'Taking on cleaning jobs, working as KTV hostesses... risking jail'. Subscribe