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.

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

Source: TRTWorld and agencies