30 Aug '11, 2pm

Indonesia targets errant maid agencies which send out underaged workers: SINGAPORE: Dewi was only 17 years old w...

Indonesia targets errant maid agencies which send out underaged workers: SINGAPORE: Dewi was only 17 years old w...

SINGAPORE: Dewi was only 17 years old when she left Indonesia to work in Singapore as a maid, that is six years below the legal age in Singapore. She found it hard to cope with her chores, and eventually it all fell to pieces. After being scolded and beaten by her employers, she fled to a shelter for troubled migrant workers. Dewi said: "(My employer) asked me to come closer to her and I was shocked when she started to slap me...I think perhaps if I'm older, I could prevent my employer from abusing me." The business of sending Indonesian girls abroad to work as domestic helpers is a money-spinner - worth some US$700 million a year. Some 15 to 20 per cent of these girls are underaged and they get the help of sponsors who forge their work documents. Professional forgers digitally alter passports and work permits for underage girls. This is a widespread practice, which author...

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