A 35-year-old Singaporean woman has written about “horrific” experiences with her 50-year-old maid, who jumped on a plane and flew back to the Philippines to get away from loan-sharks who she owed more money than she could repay.
The employer surnamed Geng wrote to Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore), saying her family had been harassed and threatened by at least seven different moneylenders via phone calls since Sunday June 3, hours after her Filipino worker, Milgen Avila, flew back to her home country.
The woman recalled her maid kindly asking for her passport late on Saturday night for identity verification for some applications.
Having shown a message issued by the Philippine Embassy, Geng trusted her worker and handed her the document as required, telling Avila she could drop the employer’s five-year-old son to her younger sister’s home so she could have time to handle personal matters.
At 2pm the woman received a text from her maid who apologized and informed her that she had to leave Singapore to go home. By 6pm Geng realized that her maid had borrowed excessively because a moneylender demanded that she should settle a S$1,000 loan for her worker.
The woman said she had reported the case to the police and hoped they could arrest the loan-sharks harassing her and her family.