Despite a glaring lack of recognized laws to protect foreign domestic workers, there are laws which protect them against employer abuse. Assault is covered under the Penal Code, and employers who fail to uphold their contracts can be sued. Although Section 5 of the Legal Aid and Advice Act makes legal aid available only to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents, other avenues are available for foreign maids such as the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, which is run by the Law Society and provides legal aid on a means test basis. However, this is limited to instances where maids are charged in court by the police for an offence not punishable by death. Where maids require civil litigation, they can also turn to pro bono services provided by the Law Society.