30 Jun '14, 7am

Overseas Labor Office looking into Singapore's 'discount maids'

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) is looking into the alleged practice of displaying Filipino domestic helpers in a mall in Singapore, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday. “The POLO can refer the matter to the Singapore police if reports of maltreatment and abuse are validated,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a press conference. “The Philippine Government, in coordination with Singapore authorities, is ready to take all necessary steps to increase the protection of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Singapore,” he said. International news organization Al Jazeera reported about the plight of the domestic workers in “maid agencies” in Singapore and said that workers are made to sit beneath signs and posters that testify to their qualities, or advertise promo rates and discounts. “These are legitimate agencies that are pl...

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