Overcrowded Singapore shelter for homeless foreign maids to close

Other News Materials 18 August 2008 10:26 (UTC +04:00)

A shelter for nearly 100 homeless foreign maids, many victims of abuse and rape, is to be closed in two days because of overcrowding, authorities said Monday.

The women have been informed they must leave the three-storey building by Wednesday after an eviction order from the Urban Redevelopment Authority, dpa reported.

The government planning agency said the overcrowding presented health and hygiene problems that could affect the maids.

The women have been sharing seven bedrooms and five bathrooms.

The Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics, a group that has run the facility, has asked the authority to approve a new site for a shelter.

The Manpower Ministry said it is helping the maids return to their native countries if they want to leave Singapore.

Foreign maids constitute the largest number of foreign workers in the city-state. They come primarily from Indonesia, the Philippines and other South-East Asian countries.