More domestic workers in Singapore means an increase in abuse

Singapore now has nearly a quarter of a million domestic workers, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia. An increase in cases of abuse highlights the vulnerability they face every day.

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Two in 10 foreign domestic workers in Singapore are vulnerable to mental health issues, according to a study conducted in March 2015.

The trend of hiring live-in, domestic helpers across southeast Asia is rising as it's relatively affordable. They come to wealthy cities like Singapore to earn a better living.

The city-state now has nearly a quarter of a million domestic helpers mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia.

But increasing cases of abuse highlight the vulnerability of those taking positions as live-in help. 

TRT World's Melanie Ralph in Singapore has more.

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TRTWorld and agencies