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The Philippines’ booming economy is causing a maid drain in Hong Kong and Singapore

The Philippines’ economy has been one of Asia’s best performers recently, and is forecast by the World Bank to increase by more than 6% annually over the next three years.

This growth is having a disconcerting effect on the “maid trade” in Hong Kong and Singapore, employment agents in both cities say. In both cities, tens of thousands of Filipino women work long hours cooking, cleaning and caring for children for about $500 a month, often while separated from their own children and families for years. Now there’s evidence some of these women are opting to stay home instead.


Thanks to the Philippines’ stronger economy, wealthy Singaporeans are having to “lower the bar” when hiring a Filipino maid, recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani told The Straits Times. Filipino women with excellent English and a good education are finding jobs at home, leaving Singapore’s upper class with no choice but to import women with few specialized skills from impoverished rural areas. “Now, as long as the maids can speak and write English, it’s okay,” he said.


The shift comes as President Benigno Aquino is championing billions of dollars in infrastructure and development projects designed to build up the country’s provincial towns, a push that is drawing migrants back to once-sleepy towns, as Bloomberg reported this week.


Hong Kong employment agencies have been importing women from poorer nations, like Myanmar and Bangladesh, to deal with a maid shortage, but with limited success, the South China Morning Post recently reported. Better paying factory jobs in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan are also hiring Filipino woman that might have once worked as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, employment agencies said. Now potential employers in Hong Kong who previously had several candidates to choose from when recruiting a new maid are now down to only one.


After growing rapidly in recent years, the overall number of Filipinos employed in Hong Kong, which is mostly domestic helpers, declined slightly last year.

There’s no evidence yet that fewer Filipinos overall are actually heading overseas for work, and overall domestic unemployment remains high. But given the country’s strong economic growth forecast, Filipino workers from around the world may be coming home in larger numbers in years to come.The Philippines has long been one of the major labor sources for the rest of the world, supplying everything from maids to fishing vessel crews to electrical engineers. Nearly 10.5 million Filipinos, or about 10% of the population, were overseas in 2012, according to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas:+

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There are obviously also Chinese females working in Manila with a somewhat different "job agenda".

NBI nabs 19 Chinese prostitutes         PDF         Print         E-mail
Sep 12, 2004 at 08:00 AM
by Jonathan Vicente
from The Manila Times

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rounded up 19 suspected Chinese prostitutes in a raid on an alleged sex den Friday afternoon in Binondo, Manila.

NBI officials said the women were detained at the NBI headquarters after they were found working as prostitutes in elite entertainment spots in Metro Manila.

In an undercover operation, an NBI agent who posed as a customer was able to go out with one of the Chinese women who worked as a female escort.

Reports said the women, aged 19 to 25, reportedly charged their wealthy customers P5,000 to P20,000 for every night of going out with them.

Members of the NBI Violence Against Women and Children Division (VAWCD) conducted follow-up operations to arrest a Filipino pimp who was the contact of the women’s customers, but the suspect got away.

VAWCD officials said the women have no travel documents and legal permit to work in the country.

NBI investigators said the suspects might have been slipped into the country using spurious documents and in cahoots with corrupt government officials.

NBI officials said they are conducting intelligence operation to determine if the suspects are connected with an international female-escort service that provide young and pretty women to high-class customers.

Officials said the NBI is recommending the filing of prostitution cases against the arrested women.

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