19 Mar 2007

Indonesian maid survives three-storey fall from Singapore flat

I am amazed that this is still going on. Year after year people are still sending maids out on to window ledges to clean their windows.

Mar 17, 2007, 14:22 GMT

Singapore - An Indonesian maid was in stable condition on Saturday after a three-storey fall from her employer's Singapore flat when she slipped while cleaning windows, police said.

Nia Wulandari, in her early 20s, fell from the window ledge on Friday.

Two maids plunged to their deaths in October and November last year. There have been more than 100 workplace maid deaths in the city-state over the last seven years.

Nia, who was found by a neighbour lying motionless, was taken to the National University Hospital. Her arms and legs were in casts.

The maid told The Straits Times that she frequently climbed onto the ledge to do the cleaning.

More must be done to educate both maids and employers that it is not worth risking someone's life for the sake of clean windows, said Jolovan Wham, executive director of a charity that shelters abused maids.

Laws were beefed up last October against employers who put their maid's lives in danger.

An employer who knowingly allows a maid to endanger herself, or forces a maid into a dangerous situation, can be jailed up to three months and fined.

The employer is also to be permanently barred from hiring foreign maids.

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