HOME in the News

Ainslee Asokan, ‘Sex trafficking in Singapore: How changes to the law may protect women duped into prostitutionCNA, 9 November 2019

Aqil Hazig Mahmud, ‘How much should maids be paid? Half of Singaporeans say less than S$600 a month, new survey showsCNA, 9 November 2019

Nabilah Awang and Wong Pei Ting, ‘The Big Read: As maids become a necessity for many families, festering societal issues could come to the fore’, Today Online, 2 November 2019

Calvin Yang, ‘Maids saddled with crippling debts after falling prey to phone scams by fellow maids’, Straits Times, 27 October 2019

Cara Wong, ‘When family members abuse a maid together’, Straits Times, 9 September 2019

Ann-Dorit Boy, ‘The fate of domestic workers in Singapore’, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2 September 2019

Calvin Yang, ‘Maids risk jail by taking on part-time jobs as cleaners, KTV hostesses’, Straits Times, 18 June 2019

Calvin Yang, ‘MOM bans 60 abusive employers in 3 years from hiring maids again, but observers say loopholes remain’, Straits Times, 19 May 2019

Seow Bei Yi, ‘Foreign workers who change firms risk not getting official letters’, Straits Times, 13 June 2019

Tan Tam Mei, ‘More legal protection for sex workers and foreign labourers?’, Straits Times, 13 June 2019

Wong Casandra, ‘Plight of abused foreign domestic workers who seek justice and shelter in Singapore’, Yahoo News, 11 May 2019

Prabhu Silvam, ‘In rich Singapore, why must migrant workers go hungry?’, South China Morning Post, 7 April 2019

Raquel Carvalho, ‘Domestic workers are the slaves of modern Asia. Are Hongkongers, Singaporeans and Malaysians ever going to change?’, South China Morning Post, 24 March 2019

Seow Bei Yi, ‘$40,000 in Salary Withheld from Maid’, Straits Times, 16 January 2019

Seow Bei Yi, ‘Report Suggests Maids at Risk of Forced Labour’, Straits Times, 16 January 2019

Kok Xinghui, ‘Singapore’s Foreign Domestic Workers Vulnerable to Forced Labour’, South China Morning Post,15 January 2019

Louisa Tang, ‘Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore Seek Help Most for Overwork, Verbal Abuse, Pay-Related Problems: Report‘ , TODAY, 15 January 2019

Seow Bei Yi, ‘Overwork, Verbal Abuse Most Common Grievances of Maids, Say HOME and HK NGO in Report on Forced Labour‘, Straits Times, 15 January 2019

Reuters, ‘Singapore Urged to Fix Rules on Hiring Domestic Workers to Stop Forced Labour‘, The New York Times,15 January 2019

Lih Beh Yi, ‘Singapore Urged to Fix Rules on Hiring Domestic Workers to Stop Forced Labour’, Thomson Reuters Foundation, 15 January 2019

[ASEAN見聞録] 日本以上の高齢化…シンガポールで家政婦が増える事情 , The Sankei News, 7 January 2019

Fann Sim, ‘Domestic Workers Must Be Given Enough to Eat When Employers are Away: MOM, NGOs‘, Channel NewsAsia, 11 December 2018

Zaw Zaw Htwe, ‘Two Maids Die in Falls from High-Rises’, Myanmar Times, 4 December 2018

Cynthia Choo, ‘Domestic Worker Denied Entry at SCC: Private Clubs’ Rules are “Discriminatory”, “Archaic”, Some Say‘, TODAY, 28 November 2018

Salma Khalik, ‘More Doctors Facing Action over Inadequate MCs‘, Straits Times, 23 November 2018

Ana Salvá, ‘El Cuento de la Criada... en Singapur’, 20 November 2018

‘Political Agenda—Singapore’s Invisible Population’ (podcast), New Naratif, 5 November 2018

Lim Min Zhang & Tan Tam Mei, ‘Lack of Financial Literacy and Savings a Concern Employers Have If They Do Not Safekeep Maids’ Salaries’, Straits Times, 8 October 2018

Low Youjin, ‘Employers Not Allowed to Hold on to Domestic Helpers’ Money From January‘, TODAY, 7 October 2018

AFP, ‘Not Rich, Not Crazy: Film Noir Spotlights Singapore’s Migrant Workers’, Bangkok Post, 2 October 2018

Clifford Lee, ‘Moving Your Maid from Domestic Chores to Helping your Business: A Legal Issue’, Channel News Asia, 9 September 2018

Eugenia Lim, ‘Spotlight: More Protection for Foreign Domestic Workers’, Channel News Asia, 9 September 2018

Jose Hong, 'Fun for 300 at Charities' First Sports Day for Maids', Straits Times, 9 July 2018

Yuen Sin, 'When a 13-Year-Old Works in Your Home as a Maid', Straits Times, 5 July 2018

Yuen Sin, 'Embassies Working with MOM to Nip Problem of Underage Maids', Straits Times, 27 May 2018

Kelly Ng, 'MOM Investigating Firm that Owes 48 Workers Tens of Thousands of Dollars', TODAY, 24 May 2018

Kirsten Han, 'Migrant Workers: The Truth and Stories Behind Human Trafficking in Singapore', Esquire, 22 May 2018

Yasmine Yahya, ‘New $6,000 Performance Bond for Indonesian Maids “unnecessary”: MOM’, Straits Times, 9 May 2018

Bharati Jagdish, ‘Commentary: Don't Hold Our Treatment of Foreign Domestic Workers to Countries With Lower Standards‘, Channel NewsAsia, 12 April 2018

Myanmar's Youngest Maids‘, Al Jazeera, 29 March 2018

Kenneth Cheng, ‘Employment Act to be Widened to Cover All Workers, Regardless of Salary Levels‘, TODAY, 5 March 2018

Vanessa Paige Chelvan, ‘New Sentencing Framework for Maid Abuse Cases Highlights Impact of Psychological Harm‘, Channel NewsAsia, 2 March 2018

Zaw Zaw Htwe, ‘Maid Jumps to Death in Singapore‘, Myanmar Times, 1 March 2018

Kirsten Han, ‘Singapore‘s Migrant Workers Struggle to Get Paid’, CNN, 25 February 2018

Sylvia Yu, ‘Bangladeshi Migrants are Exploited in Singapore’, RMG Times, 4 December 2017

Noah Tan, ‘How to Stop Maids Leaving Prematurely in Singapore’, The Pride, 24 November 2017

Poetry Book to Speak Up for Maids in Singapore’, Asia Times, 23 November 2017

UN Experts Repeat Call for Laws to Enshrine Gender Equality in Singapore’, Singapore CEDAW Coalition, 22 November 2017

Olivia Ho, ‘Maids Who Write Prose and Poetry’, Straits Times, 21 November 2017

Joanna Seow, ‘In-Principle Approval Letters Can Be Evidence of Foreign Workers’ Rightful Pay: Judge’, Straits Times, 9 November 2017

Kirsten Han, ‘Domestic Worker Jumps Out of Window to Escape Agent Abuse’, The Online Citizen, 5 October 2017

Melody Zaccheus, ‘Ill-Treating Maids: Call for More Efforts’, Straits Times, 28 September 2017

Sylvia Yu, ‘The Plight of Singapore Migrants from Bangladesh’, The Financial Express, 9 September 2017

Liz Gooch, ‘Underage Maids from Myanmar Seek Help in Singapore’, Al Jazeera, 7 August 2017

Toh Yong Chuan, ‘Dhaka Can Do More for Migrants: S’pore NGOs’, Straits Times, 24 March 2017

Toh Yong Chuan, ‘Refuge for Maids in Distress’, Straits Times, 18 December 2016

Olivia Ho, ‘Sheena Kanwar of Migrant Workers’ Group HOME: She’s at HOME with Fighting Inequality’, Straits Times, 19 September 2016

Vanessa Paige Chelvan, ‘Rights Groups Want More Support to Help Maids Tackle Mental Health Issues’, Channel News Asia, 13 September 2016

Romesh Navaratnarajah, ‘Maids Still Can’t Use the Pools, Other Condo Facilities’, Property Guru, 9 September 2016

‘Maids Can Start Living Separately from Bosses from as Early as 2017’, The Asian Parent, 29 July 2016 (article has been removed)

Katie Arnold, ‘From Village to Victim, Myanmar Women Fear Foreign Maid Work Ban Puts Them at Risk’, Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 6 June 2016

Rachel Au-Yong & Royanne Ng, ‘Maids: Essential, or a Luxury?’, Straits Times, 5 June 2016

Olivia Ho, ‘Concern Over Rising Workplace Deaths’, Straits Times, 25 May 2016

Melissa Zhu, ‘Too Injured to Work: Migrant Workers Fight for Medical Leave, Compensation’, Channel News Asia, 21 May 2016

Kok Xing Hui, ‘S’pore Youths Forge Friendships with ‘Invisible’ MigrantsStraits Times, 8 May 2016

K.C. Vijayan (Senior Law Correspondent), ‘Court Awards Legal Costs for Work Done on Pro Bono Basis’, Straits Times, 3 May 2016

Joanna Seow & Yeo San Jo, ‘May Day Celebrations - Migrant Workers Feted for their Contributions’, Straits Times, 2 May 2016

Aw Cheng Wei, ‘ ‘Plug Loophole’ in Maid Application Process, Activists Say’, Straits Times, 2 May 2016

Linette Heng, ‘Workers’ Rights Group Stops Injured Bangladeshi Worker from Boarding Plane’, The New Paper/Asia One, 4 April 2016

Danson Cheong, ‘New National Approach to Tackle Human Trafficking in Singapore’, Straits Times, 10 March 2016

Aw Cheong Wei and Joanna Seow, ‘Maid Agencies to be Graded by Case and Manpower Ministry’, Straits Times, 10 March 2016

Aw Cheng Wei, ‘Workers’ Group Sees First Case of Maid Fleeing via Rubbish Chute’, Straits Times, 11 February 2016

Joanna Seow, ‘Portal Lets Maid Take Control of Earnings Sent Home to Philippines’, Straits Times, 24 January 2016

Yuen Sin, ‘Public Raises $3,150 for Maid Whose Boss is in A Coma’, Straits Times, 8 January 2016

Janice Tai, ‘New Centre for Domestic Worker to Air Grievances’, Straits Times, 5 January 2016

Aw Cheng Wei, ‘Employer in Coma, Indonesian Maid Unpaid Since October’, Straits Times, 4 January 2016

Jolovan Wham (Executive Director of HOME), ‘Singapore can Lead the Way in Foreign Workers’ Rights’, Straits Times, 27 December 2015

Siau Ming En, ‘Couple Accused of Starving Maid, Causing Her Weight to Drop from 49kg to 29kg’, TODAY, 15 December 2015

Siau Ming En, ‘ ‘I Could Not Take It Any Longer’: Maid Tearfully Recounts Her Escape’, TODAY, 15 December 2015 (article has been removed)

Olivia Ho & Toh Yong Chuan (Manpower Correspondent), ‘More Help and Treats for Foreign Workers’, Straits Times, 13 December 2015

Shi Min Xie, ‘Upholding the Dignity and Rights of Singapore’s Migrant Workers’, SG Asia City, 23 November 2015

Julia Yeow, ‘Abuse, Exploitation Fail to Stop Blue-Collar Workers Flocking to Singapore to Cope with Ringgit Fall’, The Malaysian Insider/TODAY, 14 October 2015

Tam Peck Hoon (Head, Legal, Advocacy & Awareness, HOME), ‘S’pore’s Anti-trafficking Norms Must Evolve’, TODAY/Voices, 6 October 2015

Jolovan Wham (Executive Director of HOME), ‘Do More to Protect Outdoor Workers’, Straits Times Forum, 29 September 2015

Danson Cheong, ‘Maid’s Case May Be TIP of the Iceberg’, Straits Times, 13 September 2015

Rob O’Brien, ‘Singapore’s Domestic Workers Routinely Exploited and Often Abused in the Service of Rich Nationals’, The Independent (UK), 28 July 2015

‘Singapore: A Part of the Family?’, IDWFED, 16 June 2015

Aw Cheng Wei, ‘More Foreign Workers Seek Help Over Wage Woes’, Straits Times/AsiaOne, 14 June 2015

Abby Seiff, ‘Daily Abuse Takes Toll on Foreign Maids in Singapore’, Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), 8 May 2015

Consider Migrant Workers in Wage Guidelines: HOME’, TODAY, 1 May 2015

Jolovan Wham (Executive Director of HOME), ‘Recognize Domestic Worker’s Role in Singapore Story’, Straits Times, 28 April 2015 (print)

Yeo Sam Jeo, ‘Some Who Employ Foreign Workers Still Demand Kickbacks’, Straits Times, 13 April 2015

Rob O’Brien, ‘The Vile Abuse of Singapore’s Domestic Workers’, GlobalPost, 15 March 2015

Amanda Lee, ‘24% of Maids Suffer from Poor Mental Health’, TODAY, 9 March 2015

Amanda Lee, ‘Foreign domestic workers more likely to develop mental health problems ’, TODAY, 9 March 2015

Emilia Tan, ‘Planned Laws on Foreign-Worker Dorms ‘Infringe Personal Space’, TODAY, 21 January 2015

Yvonne Lim, ‘Unscrupulous Lawyers targeting Migrant Workers, Says NGOs’, TODAY, 19 December 2014

S M, ‘Company Raises Funds for Bangaldeshi Worker’s Cancer Treatment’, Must Share News, 12 November 2014

Kelly Ng, ‘Photography As a Tool for Empowerment’, TODAY, 10 November 2014

Chua Siang Yee, ‘Duo Prove That Timing is Not Important’, Straits Times, 9 December 2014

Valerie Koh, ‘Larger Dorms May Soon Need Licence to Operate’, TODAY, 4 November 2014

Chang May Choon, ‘More Foreign Domestic Workers Say They Do Not Get Enough to Eat’, Straits Times, 25 October 2014

Laura Philomin, ‘Prevention of Human Trafficking bill Lacks Focus on Protecting Victims’ Rights: NGO’, TODAY, 21 October 2014

Laura Philomin, ‘NGOs Submit Petition to Include Three More Clauses in Bill’, TODAY, 8 October 2014

Migrants Struggle to Get Unpaid Wages’, The Bangkok Post, 5 October 2014

Samantha Boh, ‘Maid Agencies Remove Ads Likening Domestic Workers to Goods’, Straits Times, 11 September 2014

Rob O’Brien, ‘Domestic Workers Toiling in Singapore Hope for Something More’, Nikkei Asian Review ,14 August 2014

Derek Wong, ‘Not Common for Employers of Maids to Default on Pay’, 'The New Paper, 24 July 2014

Linette Heng, ‘Maid Worked 17-Hour Days for Two Years with No Pay’, The New Paper, 23 July 2014

Go Beyond COI’s Recommendations to Better Protect Foreign Workers: HOME’, TODAY, 2 July 2014

Kok Xinghui, ‘Alleged Dissatisfaction Over Jobs, Living Conditions Not Cause of Riot: COI’, TODAY, 1 July 2014

Government Taking Human Trafficking More Seriously, but More Work Needed: HOME’, TODAY, 23 June 2014

Foo Jieying, ‘Maid Returns to Myanmar After 4 Storey Fall Here’, The New Paper/Asia One, 7 May 2014

Singapore Plans Centres Outside City for Migrant Workers’, AFP, 5 May 2014

Ng Jing Yng, ‘Activists Concerned Proposed Law Not Comprehensive Enough’, TODAY, 16 April 2014

Radha Basu, ‘Taking Aim at Human TraffickingStraits Times, 23 March 2014

Zul Othman, ‘Maids Get Stressed Living and Working 24 Hours a Day’, The New Paper, 21 March 2014

Amelia Tan, ‘‘Superhero’ Retirees to Ride the Storm’, Straits Times, 25 December 2013

Han Fook Kwang (Managing Editor), ‘Little India: A World Apart and Invisible?’, Straits Times, 15 December 2013

Little India - Home Away from Home’, Straits Times, 12 December 2013

Rachel Armstrong & Rujun Shen, ‘Rare Singapore Riot Forces Soul Searching over Foreign Workers’, Reuters, 10 December 2013

Supporters of Yawning Bread Blogger Speak out over Court Action’, TODAY, 30 November 2013

Tham Yuen-c, ‘S’poreans Have ‘Duty’ to Be Kind to Foreign Workers’, Straits Times, 24 November 2013

Foo Jie Ying, ‘Psychological Tests Impractical, Unfair’, The New Paper, 15 November 2013 (print)

Audrey Tan & Melody Zaccheus, ‘IN SINGAPORE; Ground-up Efforts Boost Large Scale Work’, Straits Times, 13 November 2013 (print)

Foo Jie Ying, ‘Sex in Public can get You into Trouble’ The New Paper, 23 September 2013 (print)

Emily Liu, ‘Impact of Moratorium on Sending Filipino Maids to S’pore ‘minimal’; Non-participating Agencies Continue to Send Workers Here’, TODAY, 21 September 2013

Goh Chin Lian, ‘The Pitfalls of Donor Bias’, Straits Times, 14 September 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘NGO Muscles in to Make Bosses Pay Foreign Workers’, Straits Times, 24 August 2013 (print)

Jalelah Abu Bakar & Maryam Mokhtar, ‘Crash Reignites Debate over how Workers are Transported’, Straits Times, 6 August 2013 (print)

Foo Jie Ying, ‘Bosses Help Maid Battle Rare Cancer’, The New Paper, 5 August 2013

Kash Cheong, ‘Ex-maid on a Mission to Help Children Read’, Straits Times, 5 August 2013

Maureen Koh, ‘‘Friend’ Your Maid on Facebook? Think Again’, The New Paper, 4 August 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘Fewer Indonesia Maids Running Away’, Straits Times, 22 July 2013

Radha Basu, ‘$1,000 Fee for 120-word Medical Report’, Straits Times, 21 July 2013

‘Myanmar Takes Steps to Allow Women to Work as Maids in S’pore’, Channel News Asia, 14 July 2013 (article has been removed)

Hoe Pei Shan, ‘$80k for War on Human Trafficking’, Straits Times, 5 July 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘Cost of Indonesia and Filipino Maids Goes Up, Sparking Demand for Myanmar Maids’, Straits Times, 29 June 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘Manila to Stop Giving New Licenses to S’pore Maid Agencies’, Straits Times, 19 June 2013

Corrie Tan, ‘Maid Takes to the Stage’, Straits Times, 18 June 2013 (print)

Amelia Tan, ‘Myanmar Maids Finding it Hard Here’, Straits Times, 16 June 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘Cambodian Maids to Earn at Least $420 a Month’, Straits Times, 30 May 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘Cambodian Maids to Earn at Least US$330 a Month in Singapore’, Straits Times, 30 May 2013 (article has been removed)

‘Police Warn Organizers of ‘Black Top’ Event Today’, The New Paper, 12 May 2013 (print)

Bryant Chan, Cheng Jingjie, & Toh Yong Chuan, ‘Unhygienic Shacks Home for Workers in Serangoon Sites‘, Straits Times, 24 April 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘10 Maid Agencies Face Temporary Ban’, Straits Times, 11 April 2013 (print)

Amelia Tan, ‘More Maids from Myanmar Running Away’, Straits Times, 7 April 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘ ‘Not a Single Cent’ Earned Since 2010’, Straits Times, 7 April 2013 (print)

Amelia Tan, ‘Crane Protesters’ Claims False: MOM’, Straits Times, 25 March 2013

Elizabeth Law, ‘Crane Protesters Jailed’, The New Paper, 22 March 2013

Shaffiq Alkhatib, ‘She is MINE so I Will Not Let Her LIVE’, The New Paper, 15 March 2013 (print)

Low Zhang Quan & Shaffiq Alkhatib, ‘Death on the Job’, The New Paper, 12 March 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘Manila Tightens Maid Hiring Rules’, Straits Times, 1 March 2013

Foo Jie Ying, ‘Household Chaos After Maid Flees’, The New Paper, 18 February 2013

Ashley Chia, ‘MOM Mulls New Body to Tackle Workplace Disputes; Intermediary would Address Non-Statutory Complaints, Avoiding Need to Go to Court’, TODAY, 5 February 2013

Migrant Workers’ Centre Urges Flexibility in Change of Employer Policy’, Channel News Asia, 19 January 2013

Amelia Tan, ‘$80,000 Grant for Projects on Human Trafficking’, Straits Times, 12 January 2013

Amelia Tan & Maryam Mokhtar, ‘Low Pay may Deter Foreign Workers’, Straits Times, 3 January 2013

Adrian Lim, ‘NGO: Chinese Drivers’ Basic Pay an Issue’, My Paper, 19 December 2012

Amanda Lee, ‘Dorm Operators Set Benchmarks to Improve Living Standards’, TODAY, 18 December 2012

Lee Jian Xuan, ‘Worries Over Agent’s Fees Add to Hardship’, The New Paper, 12 December 2012

Amelia Tan, ‘Fewer Maids Remain with the Boss for a Year’, Straits Times, 10 December 2012

Foo Jieying, ‘It’s What They’d Do Back Home’, The New Paper, 9 December 2012

Maria Almenoar & Joyce Lim, ‘Singaporean Colleagues Help Drivers Post Bail,’ Straits Times, 9 December 2012

Sahffiq Alkhatib & Elizabeth Law, ‘Chinese Workers Protest Again’, The New Paper, 9 December 2012

Amelia Tan, ‘Some New Maids won’t Get Day Off Next Year’, Straits Times, 6 December 2012

Amelia Tan, ‘Improve Maids’ Work Conditions, Experts Urge’, Straits Times, 21 November 2012

Benson Ang, ‘Employers to Pay Filipino Maids More?’, The New Paper, 14 September 2012

Neo Chai Chin, ‘Being Informed, Being the Change’, TODAY, 8 September 2012

Terry Xu, Kumaran Pillai, & Leo Khaw, ‘Panasonic Singapore Exploited Us’, The Online Citizen, 29 August 2012

Rennie Whang, ‘Raid or Not Here They Come’, The New Paper, 15 August 2012

Benson Ang, ‘68m Paid to Workers in Accidents’, The New Paper, 6 August 2012

Amelia Tan, ‘Myanmar Agents Send Underage Maids Here’, Straits Times, 23 July 2012

Yini, ‘Another Maid Falls to Her Death in Serangoon’, Yahoo News, 18 May 2012

Janice Heng, ‘Singapore’s Bosses Face Stiffer Penalties for Skirting Foreign Worker Laws’, Straits Times, 11 May 2012

Civil Society Groups Want Tougher Laws’, The New Paper, 20 April 2012

Koh Hui Theng, ‘Maid Had to Sleep in Employer’s Massage Parlor After Cleaning It’, The New Paper, 20 April 2012

Valerie Koh & Geraldine Mark, ‘Where’s their safety net?’, The New Paper, 25 March 2012

Benson Ang, ‘Look What They Did to Me’, The New Paper, 16 March 2012

Veena Bharwani & Fabian Koh, ‘You Can’t Stop Them’, The New Paper, 9 March 2012

Benson Ang, ‘Maid to Rest’, The New Paper, 8 March 2012

Amanda Phua, ‘Brides are Not Commodities’, The New Paper, 24 February 2012

Shaffiq Alkhatib, ‘He Felt Guilty over Lost Work Permits’, The New Paper, 14 January 2012

Chua Yini, ‘200 Bangladeshi Workers Stage Sit Out over Pay Dispute’, Yahoo News, 7 February 2012

I Was Only Given $9.50 for 18 Day’s Work’, The New Paper, 6 January 2012

Amanda Tan, ‘Employers Asked to Remove CCTVs from Maids’ Rooms’, Straits Times, 13 September 2011

Sophie Hong, ‘114,886 Sign Petition to UN Against Human Trafficking’, My Paper, 24 August 2011

Phillip Lim, ‘Missing Migrant Workers Hunted Down in Singapore’, AFP/Yahoo News, 3 August 2011

Gan Ling Kai, ‘Some Employers Think it’s Vital to Give Days Off to Maids’, The New Paper, 28 June 2011

Philip Lim, ‘Foreign Workers in Singapore ‘Bear the Brunt’’, The New Paper, 12 June 2011

Amanda Yong & Benson Ang, ‘Stressed, She Buries Her Child’, The New Paper, 12 June 2011

Sim Chi Yin, ‘Plight of the Migrant Worker’, Straits Times, 21 February 2011

Radha Basu, ‘Number of Runaway Maids Numbers to 4,000’, Jakarta Globe, 11 February 2011