The uncomfortable reality behind foreign domestic work in Singapore

by Liani MK

Each year, scores of young women enroll to become foreign domestic workers (FDW) in Singapore.

As of June 2020, Singapore recorded a population of 252,600 domestic workers —most of whom are Indonesian and women.

Why does foreign domestic work matter?
How are domestic workers protected under Singapore law?
1. Orientation and Education
2. Employment Rights in the Law
3. Protection from Abuse
What actually happens for FDWs in Singapore?
1. Unregulated Practices
2. Inadequate Legislative Protection
3. Behind Closed Doors: Labour Rights at Home
4. Extreme Cases of Abuse
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Liani MK / Freelance Writer

Liani is a freelance writer/scriptwriter whose works span areas of culture, history and language. When she is not wrestling with words, she enjoys wandering into nature, and the equally hypnotic worlds of art, film, gamelan and capoeira.

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