Most Singapore foreign domestic workers exploited, survey says

Domestic workers picnic in a park in Singapore March 19, 2017.

Story highlights

  • New report shed lights on working conditions for maids in Singapore
  • Cities and countries across Asia and the Middle East have large population of domestic helpers

(CNN)One woman had her pay docked for cutting tofu wrongly, while another said she was forced to sleep in front of her employer's toilet.

These accounts from foreign domestic workers in Singapore feature in a new report that suggests some 60% of maids in the city state are exploited by their employers.
    The women, who are primarily Filipinos and Indonesians employed as housekeepers and child minders, reported low pay, little time off work and verbal and physical abuse.
      Almost 800 domestic workers and 80 employers were interviewed as part of the report from independent consultancy Research Across Borders entitled "Bonded to the System."
      Singapore's Ministry of Manpower said the study was misleading and used an "overly simplistic interpretation of the International Labour Organisation's indicators of labor exploitation."