maids - updates

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Singapore ads offering Indonesian maids for sale ignites anger

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Singapore labor ministry vows to investigate the e-commerce site which posted the objectionable online ads

KABUT ASAP. Langit Singapura ketika terpapar kabut asap yang dikirim dari Indonesia pada tahun 2015 lalu. Foto oleh Roslan Rahman/AFP

'The Maid in London' review: Sorely misguided

Jul 06, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'The film sorely lacks anger or frustration'

MISGUIDED? Andi Eigenmann in 'The Maid in London.' Screenshot from the movie trailer

Siblings held over Indonesian maid death in Malaysia

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Police identify the victim as a 21-year-old called Adelina who had been working in Malaysia for two years

No air-con use for maids? Anger over Hong Kong politician's 'inhumane' suggestion

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Domestic workers in Hong Kong are mostly from Indonesia and the Philippines

CALLS FOR JUSTICE. Protesters outside an employment agency in Hong Kong on March 17, 2015, following the death of Indonesian maid Elis Kurniasih, 33, after a concrete slab fell on her while sleeping on the balcony of a guesthouse run by the agency. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

We are all Tizons

May 19, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Slavery is wrong but how do we really treat the Lolas in our lives?

'Maid menu' in restaurant stirs controversy, angers netizens

Oct 31, 2016 - 6:05 PM

The menu offered only for babysitters a cheaper food option at a pricey Japanese restaurant goes viral on social media

'MAID MENU'. The supposed 'maid menu' spurs controversy online. Photo from Joko Anwar's Twitter.

Hong Kong maids march against window-cleaning after deaths

Sep 04, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Hundreds of helpers call on the government to ban employers from asking maids to clean the outside of windows

Kuwait sets minimum wage for maids in first for Gulf

Jul 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Aside from a new minimum wage of 200 a month domestic workers will also have a weekly day off and 30 days of annual paid leave among others

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) talks with MPs during a parliament session at the Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwait City on July 3, 2016. Kuwait said it plans to tap the international debt market through bond issues to finance its budget deficit after recording a first shortfall in 16 years. / AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Indonesian maid abused in HK: Nothing has changed

Mar 28, 2016 - 11:39 AM

After pictures of Erwiana s extensive injuries went viral in 2014 the young Indonesian became the face of a movement determined to force change for the army of more than 300 000 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong

JUSTICE FOR ERWIANA. Former Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (C) arrives at the court of justice in Hong Kong on February 10, 2015. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

WATCH: Taylor Swift attends best friend’s wedding as ‘the happiest maid of honor’

Feb 22, 2016 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED I met her when I was 10 days old and him in kindergarten Now they re married and I m the happiest maid of honor ever writes Taylor Swift on Instagram

Filipina maid commits suicide after being accused of theft

Aug 21, 2015 - 6:42 PM

According to Eman Villanueva vice chairman of the Filipino Migrant Workers Union this case goes back to to the mandatory live in policy in Hong Kong

Domestic worker abuse in HK continues – NGO

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:17 AM

There is a marked increase in the number of physical abuse cases reported to the Mission from 3 6 of total reported cases in 2013 to 9 in 2014

SEEKING JUSTICE. A group of protesters outside the courthouse in support of Indonesian former maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih in Hong Kong on February 10, 2015. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Domestic helpers who cry ‘rape’ face tough times in HK

Jun 13, 2015 - 10:59 PM

It is a sad story that is repeated each time a foreign domestic worker steps forward to file a case against her employer

#IGiveADayOff: Yayas and moms in Singapore

May 11, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Singaporean mothers face a painful trade off – that between earning a living and spending time with their children Their Filipina maids suffer worse

Mary Jane to family: No resentments

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:52 PM

A day after being given her 72 hour execution notice Mary Jane is still in high spirits Outside prison efforts to save her grow

Asian netizens call on Jokowi to #SaveMaryJane

Apr 26, 2015 - 6:00 PM

We appeal to our respective Heads of State and peoples to join the international clamor to save the life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso

Filipina maid rescued after Facebook plea goes viral

Apr 10, 2015 - 7:01 PM

In the three minute long video which appears to have been made on a webcam a sobbing Luna accuses her employer s drug addict son of raping her

VP Binay meets parents of Filipina on Indonesian death row

Mar 29, 2015 - 9:31 PM

The government says it plans to file a second petition for judicial review of Mary Jane Veloso s case citing her inability to properly defend herself during the first trial

'EXHAUST ALL MEANS.' Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay (right) assures the parents of convicted drug courier Mary Jane Veloso of the government's determination to save their daughter's life. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

Ugandan maid pleads guilty to baby torture

Dec 08, 2014 - 10:08 PM

The 22 year old maid Jolly Tumuhiirwe appears smartly dressed in a floral shirt coming face to face in court with the baby s father Eric Kamanzi who reportedly broke down as she apologized for her actions

#CondoPolicy is backward and discriminatory – netizens

Nov 20, 2014 - 3:53 PM

Netizens describe the condo policy that bans maids and drivers from taking regular elevators as discriminatory and backward

When condo policy bans drivers, maids from 'normal' elevators

Nov 19, 2014 - 8:04 PM

Netizens react to the discriminatory disgusting and horrible policy of Icon Residences but management says There s no issue It s not for the world It s just for the building

Singapore downplays report on Filipino 'budget' maids

Jul 03, 2014 - 3:49 PM

The Philippines however suspends the accreditation of one of the two Singaporean companies allegedly offering Filipino maids like commodities

'LIKE COMMODITIES.' In Singapore, a number of agencies offer maids at discounted rates, according to an Al Jazeera report. Screen grab from

Philippines to probe 'budget' maids in Singapore

Jun 30, 2014 - 5:22 PM

Singaporean agencies reportedly treat Filipino domestic workers like commodities offered at super promo rates in malls

Netizens outraged over 'racist' ad depicting Filipina maid in HK

Jun 18, 2014 - 3:15 PM

Migrant rights advocates are demanding an apology from HK based Hong Leong Insurance for its most recent advertisement

Emirati court upholds sentence of woman who tortured maid

Apr 07, 2014 - 3:47 PM

The Filipina maid testified at Sunday s hearing that the housewife beat them with sticks banged their heads against walls until they bled and forced them to drink detergent

Tortured maid, migrant workers and Hong Kong

Jan 23, 2014 - 9:29 AM

The case of the tortured Indonesian domestic worker in Hong Kong is an apparent offshoot of policies that have become increasingly anti migrant over the years

Indonesian maid hospitalized after Hong Kong torture

Jan 13, 2014 - 10:18 PM

The maid needed help walking through the airport due to cuts and burns on her body legs and feet

IN THE CITY. Hong Kong is home to almost 300,000 domestic helpers, mostly Indonesians and Filipinos. Photo from Wikipedia/chensiyuan

US diplomat row overlooks Indian maids' plight

Dec 21, 2013 - 1:25 PM

Domestic service is a prominent feature of life in urban India with a maid seen as a stamp of middle class membership

CONTROVERSY. Yomara Velez (R) speaks to a group supporting domestic workers' rights as they demonstrate across the street from the Indian Consulate General December 20, 2013 in New York. Photo by AFP

Kuwaiti woman gets death sentence for murdering Filipina maid

Nov 25, 2013 - 9:28 PM

Along with her husband she beat her Filipina househelp threw her in the desert and drove over her until she died

Napoles may join ex-maid in jail

Aug 15, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Janet Lim Napoles reportedly set up for qualified theft a maid whom she had also used as dummy in some transactions

'The Maids' explores class divide

Aug 14, 2013 - 11:56 PM

The Maids a play hopes to force society to open its eyes about the gap between classes

Domestic roles: Jean Genet's 'The Maids'

Aug 13, 2013 - 11:38 PM

This play resonates with many Filipinos today who even in the 21st century still perpetuate a deeply feudal society

MAIDS. Solange and Claire are two housemaids who indulge in sadomasochistic role-playing, taking turns impersonating their Madame while she is away. Photo by Rome Jorge

'The Maids': Haute entertainment

Aug 12, 2013 - 9:03 PM

The Mirror Studio Theatre presents lavish brooding production of Jean Genet classic

LUSH, EERIE DRAMA. The male leads, Dr. Juan and Fabregas, in their female roles as 'The Maids.' Photo courtesy of Frances Makil-Ignacio/MusicArtes

Of fabulous old maids and Murphy Brown

Mar 27, 2013 - 11:53 PM

Women can become themselves We can learn unlearn and relearn

PH envoy may face criminal charges for sexual harrasment

Dec 06, 2012 - 3:11 PM

A Filipina maid is considering filing criminal charges against Philippine ambassador to Kuwait Shulan Primavera for sexual harassment

EVALUATING HER OPTIONS. "Mabel", who does not want to show her face, is mulling if she should pursue a criminal suit against the Philippine envoy to Kuwait. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

Pinays in Morocco cry rape, abuse

Dec 06, 2012 - 6:11 AM

Young Filipinas working in Morocco as housemaids tell a press conference they re exploited and raped by their employers

Indonesia warns maids to avoid Malaysia

Dec 04, 2012 - 5:12 PM

Recurring reports of abuse of Indonesian maids have soured relations between the two Southeast Asian neighbours

DREAMING OF A BETTER FUTURE. This picture taken on January 19, 2011 shows a young woman reading advertisements for "maids wanted" outside a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN

DFA to probe diplomat for sexual harassment

Nov 08, 2012 - 2:38 PM

Ambassador Shulan Primavera has been accused of sexual harassment by a Filipina maid

PROBED. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Shulan Primavera. Photo couryest of Kuwaiti news site Al Watan

Why do maids have to wear uniforms?

Oct 28, 2012 - 7:55 AM

The uniformed maid stands out conspicuously declaring she doesn’t belong

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Filipinos, other foreign maids put demons aside, pray with pope

Sep 16, 2012 - 11:24 PM

They have all heard stories of foreign housemaids being abused in Lebanon and some may even have suffered themselves but Asians and Africans set such demons aside and joined in joyously as Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass in Beirut

Pinay escapes employer to flee Syria

Sep 11, 2012 - 7:57 PM

A Filipino maid escapes from an employer in Syria

Hiring ban spurs 'maids for rent' in Middle East

Jul 17, 2012 - 12:28 PM

The maids for rent have no contract and therefore no rights in the Middle East

New Singapore rules to stop maids falling from windows

Jun 05, 2012 - 10:00 AM

Employers caught flouting the rules will be permanently banned from hiring a maid says the foreign ministry

Fast facts on Filipino domestic workers

Jun 03, 2012 - 2:12 PM

Rough estimates of the number of domestic workers in the Philippines range from roughly 600 000 to 2 5 million

'Kasambahay Bill' soon a reality

Jun 03, 2012 - 9:59 AM

House Bill 6144 covers maids cooks nannies drivers helpers gardeners and other household employees working in around 1 8 million households

Singapore to hang Indian man for Filipina's murder

Mar 21, 2012 - 5:05 PM

An Indian shipyard worker will be hanged after a Singapore court on Wednesday gave him the death penalty for the 2010 murder of a Filipina