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A Clean Bill of Health: Filipinas as Domestic Workers in Singapore

Date

2004

Authors

Avanti Iyer

Abstract

This paper describes foreign domestic workers' (FDWs) vulnerability in Singapore. Due to the lack of regulatory laws mandating employers to pay health care costs & FDW ineligibility for national plans given their transient contract labor status, FDWs depend on employer generosity to provide for this need. Presently, the state's interest only includes particular aspects of FDW "health." The argument here is that the discourse of perceiving FDWs as sexual "bodies" & transmitters of other infectious diseases is a metaphor for how the state perceives them -- useful to Singapore for economic gains as long as they do not bring on costs. 3 Appendixes, 41 References. Adapted from the source document.

Journal title

Asian and Pacific Migration Journal

Volume

13

Issue

1

Page numbers

11-38

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Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work

Content types

Statistics on work and life conditions

Target groups

Researchers

Geographical focuses

Philippines

Spheres of activity

Health sciences and Law

Languages

English