Indonesia to stop ‘exporting’ maids by 2017

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maidThe Indonesian government has said it will  stop to allow domestic helpers to work abroad by 2017 under the country’s new Domestic Worker Roadmap, according to a statement by the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry.

Under the roadmap, the Indonesian government wants to ensure maids are treated like other workers when they work abroad, including earning the minimum wages, getting leave and working fixed hours. The government also aims to raise the skills of the thousands of Indonesians going overseas to work.

There have been several instances of abuse and other problems in the past with Indonesian maids. One involved a Singaporean woman who was jailed in early August 2013  for 21 months because she was repeatedly abusing an Indonesian maid with attacks described by a judge as “repugnant to all notions of common humanity.”

For an Indonesian maid sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for killing her employer the Indonesian government agreed to pay $1.87 million in blood money to spare her from execution. However, there have been several cases of executions and beheadings of Indonesian maids in the past.

Indonesia has also blacklisted a number of UAE recruitment agencies for human trafficking housemaids to Arab countries against their will. The Indonesian embassy in Abu Dhabi has barred dealings with about 10 agencies for continually bringing in housemaids to the UAE before shipping them off to other countries for profit.

Saudi Arabia’s Labour Ministry said in June the country would no longer issue work permits for domestic workers from Indonesia (and also the Philippines) after Indonesia said it would not send domestic workers any more to Saudi Arabia until Riyadh signed a deal on migrant-worker protection.

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The Indonesian government has said it will  stop to allow domestic helpers to work abroad by 2017 under the country’s new Domestic Worker Roadmap, according to a statement by the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry.

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maidThe Indonesian government has said it will  stop to allow domestic helpers to work abroad by 2017 under the country’s new Domestic Worker Roadmap, according to a statement by the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry.

Under the roadmap, the Indonesian government wants to ensure maids are treated like other workers when they work abroad, including earning the minimum wages, getting leave and working fixed hours. The government also aims to raise the skills of the thousands of Indonesians going overseas to work.

There have been several instances of abuse and other problems in the past with Indonesian maids. One involved a Singaporean woman who was jailed in early August 2013  for 21 months because she was repeatedly abusing an Indonesian maid with attacks described by a judge as “repugnant to all notions of common humanity.”

For an Indonesian maid sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for killing her employer the Indonesian government agreed to pay $1.87 million in blood money to spare her from execution. However, there have been several cases of executions and beheadings of Indonesian maids in the past.

Indonesia has also blacklisted a number of UAE recruitment agencies for human trafficking housemaids to Arab countries against their will. The Indonesian embassy in Abu Dhabi has barred dealings with about 10 agencies for continually bringing in housemaids to the UAE before shipping them off to other countries for profit.

Saudi Arabia’s Labour Ministry said in June the country would no longer issue work permits for domestic workers from Indonesia (and also the Philippines) after Indonesia said it would not send domestic workers any more to Saudi Arabia until Riyadh signed a deal on migrant-worker protection.

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