Malaysian media: Underage Myanmar girls slipped past ICA to work as maids in Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on July 28, 2012
Underage girls in Myanmar have gone through Singapore’s immigration checkpoints using passports with false ages to work in Singapore.
The shocking news was reported by the Malaysian paper – The Star yesterday, but not picked up by the local media.
According to some agents and recruiters, some of the Myanmar girls were as year as 16 years old.
Four Singapore agents, who declined to be named for fear of being penalised by the MOM, said they had each been recommended a handful of women aged below 20 by a recruitment middlemen in Myanmar this year.
They suspected the girls were teenagers based on their photos. And their doubts were confirmed when the recruiters could not produce birth and education certificates.Myanmar maids make between S$400 (RM1,006) and S$420 (RM1,056) a month here.
The Philippines and Indonesia have also introduced more layers of checks to prevent underage maids from being recruited, such as issuing official identification cards for domestic workers.
There are 206,000 maids here, most of whom come from the Philippines and Indonesia. An estimated 10,000 are from Myanmar.