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Letter from domestic worker

Dear sir/madam,

As for domestic worker who has been working almost 30 years, it troubles me each time I read reports the media about domestic workers who are abused, exploited or badly treated. The latest article about how some of my compatriots are being displayed by agencies is a cause for concern. We are human beings with rights.

If the agencies are indeed displaying these women in their shops and giving them fake training, I hope Ministry of Manpower and the Associationof Employment Agencies will take action to stop this practice.

As Manu domestic workers recieve training in their countries of origin and incur huge recruitment fees as part of their cost for such training, it is puzzling that the agencies claim they are providing training at their premises in fuel view of passers by. We ate not models to be gawked at.

The way domestic workers are marketed is, also troubling, phrase like ” free placement fee ” ” No day off ” in marketing materials treat us like goods to be exchanged and sold. As a domestic worker, we make many important contributions to Singapore society.

Many of us work round the clock to look after Singaporean families.. The least ask for is  that we are given the dignity we deserve as human beings. Thank you

Mrs. Jeanilyn Bermudez
Domestic worker
(49 years old)