Prevent maids from moonlighting in vice trade

Prevent maids from moonlighting in vice trade

Last Thursday's article ("Shedding light on freelance prostitutes in Geylang") said "freelancers are not based in brothels. Many come to Singapore as tourists; others moonlight while holding other jobs here".

There are cases of foreign domestic workers moonlighting as prostitutes here.

This is a serious issue. In a double-income household, the elderly and children may be left in the care of domestic workers for a considerable length of time each day. It is important to ensure there are sufficient safeguards in place to minimise the risk of families engaging foreign domestic workers who moonlight in the vice trade.

What measures do the Manpower Ministry and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority have to prevent domestic workers from moonlighting as prostitutes or engaging in other forms of vice?

Is feedback from employers to the ministry acted upon speedily to assist in the clamping down of vice activities? Are sufficient protection and privacy accorded to employers, who may hesitate to provide information that may be helpful in vice-related investigations?

Grace Chia (Ms)

This article was first published on Sep 10, 2014.
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