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Saudi Arabia to name, shame abusers of household helpers –report

March 17, 2015

To discourage the abuse of household helpers in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s labor ministry is cooking up a shame campaign that places abusive employers and recruitment offices in a black list. Read the rest of this entry »

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HOME – Less than half of foreign domestic workers given weekly days off

March 9, 2015

Around one quarter of foreign domestic workers surveyed have poor mental health: HOME – Less than half are given weekly days off

More than 2 out of every 10 foreign domestic workers (24%) who were surveyed in a new research by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) suffer from poor mental health. This is more severe than earlier findings by the Institute of Mental Health in 2010 that 1 out of 10 (10%) residents in Singapore had mental health problems. Read the rest of this entry »

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24% of 700 foreign maids surveyed suffer from poor mental health

March 8, 2015

The survey, involving domestic workers from the Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia, is to assess these workers’ mental well-being by getting their views on the living and working conditions in Singapore. Read the rest of this entry »

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Life of a modern-day maid

February 12, 2015

There are up to 100 million domestic workers worldwide

Many are women who’ve left families to earn extra money in other countries. Commonly referred to as “helpers,” they help prop up economies abroad and at home

Hong Kong (CNN)After too many episodes of British period drama Downton Abbey, viewers could be forgiven for thinking that modern-day maids scurry about with their eyes downcast, wearing twee aprons and polished shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Qatar, Philippines discuss domestic workers’ protection

February 9, 2015

Improved protection of Filipino domestic workers was among the issues discussed by Qatar and Philippine officials during a meeting, said a Philippine official. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Black market’ for Pinay maids emerging in UAE – report

January 23, 2015

A black market is emerging for Filipina household helpers in the United Arab Emirates with prospective employers being made to pay up to $4,600 (Dh17,000) for a helper, a UAE news site reported over the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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DOLE reports on status of Kasambahay Law implementation

December 13, 2014

From the Department of Labor and Employment

SSS-registered kasambahay now 105,000; DOLE-led convergence drafts protocol on rescue and rehabilitation of abused kasambahay Read the rest of this entry »

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Baldoz in UAE to address domestic workers issues

December 12, 2014

The Philippine labor chief says the nature of the job of household service workers (HSWs) in the UAE give them ‘a very high exposure to exploitation’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – High-level talks are underway between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to conclusively address issues affecting approximately 100,000 Filipino household service workers (HSWs) in the UAE. Read the rest of this entry »

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Draft resolution may allow deployment of Pinay maids to UAE –report

December 8, 2014

Filipino women wanting to work as household helpers in the United Arab Emirates may benefit from a prospective resolution that will allow their deployment there, a UAE news site reported Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Debt bondage behind Hong Kong sex trade

December 7, 2014

The brutal murders of two Indonesian women in Hong Kong at the start of November made sensational headlines, but less noticed are the sometimes brutal debt burdens that chain migrant workers to low-paying and sometimes dangerous jobs, including sex work. Read the rest of this entry »