Title Singapore's migrant domestic workers face food rationing, long hours and sexual abuse Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet ABC News Media type Web Duration/Length/Size Article Country Australia Date 6/04/16 Description RELATED STORY: Thousands rally for Indonesian maid in Hong Kong
Jocelyn Mompal's eyes filled with tears when she recalled her first visit home to the Philippines after working in Singapore.
"My two younger kids did not come to me," she said.
"Only my eldest son hugged me. I asked them why? And they said they felt shy. It was like they didn't know me."
A migrant worker sits in a stairwell.
PHOTO: A survey of 670 domestic workers found 65 per cent had not always been treated with dignity. (Supplied: Kirsten Han)
Ms Mompal arrived in Singapore 16 years ago, searching for a steady wage to clear debts and provide her children with a good education.
The arc of her story is not unique.
In December last year, official figures showed well over 230,000 migrant women worked as domestic help in the city-state.
They come from developing countries nearby, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia, drawn to Singapore — a wealthy metropolis of opportunity.
Migrant domestic workers occupy an awkward position in Singapore's labour landscape.
Producer/Author Kirsten Han URL www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-06/migrant-domestic-workers-in-singapore-face-constant-exploitation/7302760 Persons Nicholas Harrigan