Singapore online ads offering maids for sale draw condemnation

  • The online advertisements in Singapore offering Indonesian maids for sale drew criticisms from rights groups
  • Indonesian NGO Migrant CARE called the online ads as “unjust and demeaning to migrant workers’ dignity”
  • Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower said they’re investigating the incident
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A non-governmental organization in Indonesia condemned the online advertisements in Singapore offering Indonesian maids for sale.

According to The Straits Times, Migrant CARE, an advocacy group for migrant workers, condemned the “selling” of Indonesian helpers through an online marketplace called Carousell. The group demanded legal actions against the perpetrators.

Wahyu Susilo, executive director of Migrant CARE, called the online advertisements as “unjust and “demeaning to the migrant workers’ dignity” and called for those behind them to be brought to justice.

“There must be standards and a code of conduct in providing job openings and employment information for migrant domestic workers, in accordance with human rights requirements,” Mr. Wahyu said in a statement.

The online advertisements in question were under the username “maid.recruitment.” Some of the advertisements indicated maids had been “sold,” as per The Straits Times.

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower requested that the ads be taken down

Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s overseas citizen protection director, said the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore will send a diplomatic note to Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressing concern that similar incidents have occurred several times in the city-state.

Mr. Iqbal said they will request for a thorough probe on the incidents.

The online advertisements offering Indonesian maids for sale have been taken down after a request from Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM). The ministry said it is investigating the ads.