The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is concerned by incidences of insensitive advertising and inappropriate display of foreign domestic workers by employment agencies.
In an advisory to the agencies yesterday, the ministry told them to not include words such as "cheap fees" or "promotional rates" in advertisements as this may "liken foreign domestic workers to merchandise that can be purchased".
The agencies "should ensure that all advertising collaterals accord foreign domestic workers basic respect and human dignity", said MOM.
Agencies should also refrain from getting maids to sit outside their offices as they wait to be interviewed by prospective employers. The circular comes on the back of a news report by Arab news agency Al-Jazeera earlier this month which pointed out that maids are being "displayed" and treated as commodities by agencies here.
This article was first published on July 17, 2014.
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