SINGAPORE (IDN) - "Most migrant workers are indebted up to seven to ten months of salary. So for two years contract most workers start earning only in second year of their contract," laments Bridget Tan, President of the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), a Singaporean non-governmental organization (NGO), which has been sheltering and assisting hundreds of domestic workers over the years, who have been abused by employers or cheated by recruitment agents.
Right across Asia, from the Arab Gulf Sates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, a chain of recruitment agencies both in sending and receiving countries are making a lot of money, exploiting the poverty of people, and their desire to make a better living. Both the receiving countries -- which get cheap labour, and the sending countries that receive their remittances -- are ignoring perhaps the greatest violation of human rights in the modern times.
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