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Semarang, Indonesia
By Ruom
10 Jun 2014

A domestic worker returns to work in Singapore after attending her mother's funeral at her home in Indonesia.

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Kendal, Indonesia
By Ruom
09 Jun 2014

Aspiring domestic workers relax in their bunks at training centre.

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Semarang, Indonesia
By Ruom
08 Jun 2014

Tutik arrives home after working in Singapore for three years. Her daughter Ika is so happy she is home she doesn't leave her alone.

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Singapore
By Ruom
08 Jun 2014

Tutik prepares to fly home. She finished her contract with her employer and waits to board her plane back to Semarang in Indonesia.

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Semarang, Indonesia
By Ruom
08 Jun 2014

Tutik arrives home after working in Singapore for three years. Her suitcases are filled with souvenirs for her two daughters.

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Singapore
By Ruom
07 Jun 2014

Anandha recites the Koran during a contest organized by local Humanitarian organizations.

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Singapore
By Ruom
11 May 2014

Maid agency with domestic workers at Katong shopping centre.

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Singapore
By Ruom
09 May 2014

Agencies advertising maids for hire, and show their skills in display centre at Bukit Timah shopping plaza.

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Singapore
By Ruom
09 May 2014

Images advertising the work of migrant workers on the wall of a maid agency in Bukit Timah shopping plaza.

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Singapore
By Ruom
09 May 2014

Istiana waits for a taxi with her new employer. She was picked up from Bukit Temah Shopping Centre by her employer to be taken home.

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Singapore
By Ruom
07 May 2014

A view of the port and high-rises of the CBD.

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Semarang, Indonesia
By Ruom
06 May 2014

Istiana along with other migrant workers prepare to board a plane to Singapore. The women will not be able to return home for the next two years.

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Semarang, Indonesia
By Ruom
04 May 2014

Future migrant workers attend a mandatory day of classes at BP2TKI before leaving to work overseas. BP2TKI is the regional regulation office for overseas migration in Indonesia.

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Salatiga, Indonesia
By Ruom
03 May 2014

Istiana starts packing her stuff together with her sister and nephew. She will leave to work in Singapore the following day and she will not be able to see her family for the next two years.

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Salatiga, Indonesia
By Ruom
02 May 2014

Saffira cares for her grandfather. Istiana, Saffira's mother, is leaving to work in Singapore the following day. Istiana will not be able to see her for the next two years.

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Salatiga, Indonesia
By Ruom
02 May 2014

Istiana in her home, she will leave to work in Singapore the following day and will not be able to see her family for the next two years. Istiana has has been working abroad as domestic worker for almost 10 years, this will be the first time she goes to Singapore.

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Kendal, Indonesia
By Ruom
01 May 2014

Aspiring domestic workers sign the contract to start their training in a centre in Kendal.

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Kendal, Indonesia
By Ruom
01 May 2014

The billboard of a recruitment agency for migrant domestic workers can be seen along a main road.

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Kendal, Indonesia
By Ruom
01 May 2014

Tutik's daughter, Ika at school. During the three years her mother has been working in Singapore she has been able to see her once for 24hrs.

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Sumber Sari, Indonesia
By Ruom
30 Apr 2014

Devita (16) talks with her grandfather and cousin. Since her mother left the village to work in Singapore 3 years ago, she has been living with her grandparents together with her sister, Ika (18).

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Sumber Sari, Indonesia
By Ruom
30 Apr 2014

Farmers collect onions from a field in the outskirts of the village for less than 3 USD per day. In the last decade, the lack of job opportunities and low wages forced many people to migrate abroad.

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Kendal, Indonesia
By Ruom
29 Apr 2014

Aspiring domestic workers study english in a training centre in Kendal.

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Kendal, Indonesia
By Ruom
29 Apr 2014

A baby doll is used to teach aspiring domestic workers about child care in a training centre.

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Kendal, Indonesia
By Ruom
29 Apr 2014

An aspiring domestic worker during a Skype conversation with a possible future employer in Singapore.

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Dadap, Indonesia
By Ruom
27 Apr 2014

Anida who recently returned from working in Singapore as a domestic worker, works harvesting rice near her home. Dadap is well know in the region for having a high migration rate.

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Indramayu, Indonesia
By Ruom
26 Apr 2014

Didi, son of Darkoni, a former domestic worker, shows the x-ray of her mother's skull. After working in Saudia Arabia for 2 years, she returned home with a severe mental disorder caused by a head trauma. The family doesn't know the circumstance of the accident.

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Indramayu, Indonesia
By Ruom
26 Apr 2014

Tursini, a domestic worker who was abused while working in Singapore sits in her home. She was recently flown back to Singapore by a Humanitarian Organization to receive compensation from her employer, she did not file a complaint about the physical abuse but only for the salary she had not been paid.

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Sanca, Indonesia
By Ruom
26 Apr 2014

While working in Saudi Arabia as a domestic worker, Tati was beaten by her employer and is now paralysed. While confined to her bed she is cared for by Carla, her husband.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
By Ruom
24 Apr 2014

Aspiring domestic workers wait to sign their contracts and start their training.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
By Ruom
24 Apr 2014

Aspiring domestic workers practice in a training centre on the outskirts of the capital.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
By Ruom
24 Apr 2014

Aspiring domestic workers practice in a training centre on the outskirts of the capital.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
By Ruom
24 Apr 2014

Aspiring domestic workers practice in a training centre on the outskirts of the capital.

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Singapore
By Ruom
23 Mar 2014

Tutik works full time (7 days a week) looking after Izzati (7), in the morning she will take Izzati to the school bus which picks her up at her grandparents house.

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Singapore
By Ruom
22 Mar 2014

Sulastri during her wedding with Mohd. Intially a migrant worker to Singapore, Sulastri worked as a domestic helper with her employer for many years before getting married to her boss.

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Singapore
By Ruom
22 Mar 2014

Domestic workers and other migrants meet up at Payar Labar to pic-nic and catch up with friends on their day off. Though Sundays are meant to be days off for domestic migrant workers, employers can request that they work 7 days a week.

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Singapore
By Ruom
21 Mar 2014

Maids are lined up to be taken back to a waiting van who will drive them to their shelter from Bukit Timah shopping centre.

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Singapore
By Ruom
18 Mar 2014

Migrant workers are picked up by 'runners' who will take them to do the necessary steps to work in Singapore.

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Singapore
By Ruom
14 Mar 2014

Tutik works full time looking after Izzati (7), in the morning they will go to the park together after lunch Tutik will take Izzati to the school bus which picks her up at her grandparents house.

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Singapore
By Ruom
14 Mar 2014

Tutik works full time (7days a week) looking after Izzati (7), in the morning they will go to the park together after lunch Tutik will take Izzati to the school bus which picks her up at her grandparents house.

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Singapore
By Ruom
13 Mar 2014

March 13, 2014 - Singapore. Anandha does the shopping for the family, after packing everything in the fridge she notes down her expenses her a note book. This is not at the request of her employer, but just because she likes to be organized. © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom