Updated: 07/16/2014 22:35

MOM advises maid agencies to stop insensitive advertising and inappropriate displays of foreign domestic workers at premises



MOM advises maid agencies to stop insensitive advertising and inappropriate displays of foreign domestic workers at premises

The Manpower Ministry, MOM, has sent out an advisory to maid agencies to immediately stop insensitive advertising and inappropriate displays of foreign domestic workers at their premises. 

The practice was highlighted in a recent media report. 

The ministry says while it understands that advertisements touting very low agency fees are sometimes used to attract prospective employers, they inadvertently give the impression that the maids are being marketed as merchandise. 

MOM says employment agencies should ensure that all advertising collaterals accord maids basic respect and human dignity. 

It adds that the advertisements should not make any mention of fees or liken maids to merchandise that can be purchased and replaced when found unsatisfactory. 

The Ministry considers such practices unacceptable. 

It also says it's unacceptable to display maids in an undesirable manner including having them sit outside EA premises. 

This it says reinforces the impression that they're are commodities to be "tested" or traded is unacceptable to the Ministry. 

MOM says the Commissioner of Employment Agencies has grounds to take action against maid agencies with such practices.

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