Myanmar: Suspends work permits for domestic workers heading to Singapore
Myanmar has temporarily banned its women from working as domestic workers in Singapore due to concerns over abuse and exploitation, an employment body in Yangon said on 2014 Sep 13 Saturday.
We have been informed of cases of abuse and ill-treatment of Myanmar maids in Singapore... That's why we want proper protection for workers," Soe Myint Aung, a vice-chairman of the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation
The suspension comes amid a global spotlight on the working conditions of migrant domestic workers in Asia after reports of widespread abuse, including the case of an Indonesian maid who allegedly endured months of torture by her Hong Kong boss.
He did not specify when the suspension came into place but said discussions for an agreement began around a month ago.
After amending its migration law in 2013, the former junta-ruled state has officially only sent domestic workers - most of whom are women - to Singapore and Hong Kong.'
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