When family members abuse a maid together

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One couple left their maid with a deformed ear. Another couple gave their maids only plain rice and water for their meals. Yet another pair abused their maid and threatened to send her to Batam for sex work.

These examples are part of a phenomenon where multiple members of a family abuse their foreign domestic workers, or maids.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2019, with the headline 'When family members abuse a maid together'. Print Edition | Subscribe