Patrick WinnMay 30, 2012 06:13
BANGKOK, Thailand — They call it a job. But working as a live-in maid in Singapore is really an all-consuming way of life. As it stands, domestic workers in the affluent city-state are guaranteed no days off. Maids — inevitably women from poorer Southeast Asian countries — are largely under the dominion of their employers. How a maid calls home, or when she’s allowed outside, can be dictated by her boss. These practices, however, appear to be prompting soul searching among Singapore’s lawmakers. In recent years, they’ve tinkered with rules governing employers’ control over their live-in servants, which are found in roughly 20 percent of Singapore’s homes.