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Singapore – Ministry suspends employment agency for selling maids online

20 September 2018

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has suspended the licence of employment agency SRC Recruitment LLP, which marketed Indonesian foreign domestic workers (FDWs) on online marketplace, Carousell. 

The Ministry found out about the maid postings on 14 September 2018 and published a Facebook post to warn employment agencies against such practices. The Ministry also told Carousell to take down the offending posts.

Kevin Teoh, Commissioner for Employment Agencies, commented, “The Ministry is committed to protecting the well-being of FDWs in Singapore.  We strongly condemn the advertising of FDW services in an undignified manner.”

“Advertising FDWs on an internet platform meant for trading goods is completely inappropriate and unacceptable,” Teoh said. “Such an act is an offence under the Employment Agencies Act. The Ministry takes a very serious view on this matter, and we will not hesitate to take prosecution actions on errant employment agencies.”

The Ministry also published a statement warning employment agencies against similar actions that would denigrate the dignity of FDWs working in Singapore. 

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