In economically developed countries in Southeast Asia and Middle East, domestic workers — or ‘maids’ as they commonly known — are seen as commonplace in most homes. Often, the domestic workers are women from countries that are struggling economically, with a majority coming from Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar, moving towards their richer neighbouring countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, and my country, Brunei.
A domestic worker’s job is to clean the house, cook, and even take care of the children and/or elderly members of a household. They stay in the house full time. Often, domestic workers come to more developed countries in the hopes of escaping the poverty they lived through in their own country. In other cases, they are given the bright image that living and working in these countries will provide better lives with their modern resources. The reality, though, does not meet the expectation…
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I’m currently out of Brunei for the next 2 weeks on limited Internet. But I’m proud of this piece I’ve written.