The Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
The Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

An employment agency and a 41-year-old agent who placed advertisements “selling” Indonesian domestic workers on e-commerce site Carousell were on Thursday charged by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower.

Upon the completion of a preliminary round of investigations, the ministry decided to press charges in court on October 4 against the accused SRC Recruitment LLP and its staff member Erleena Mohd Ali for a combined 243 counts of offences under the Employment Agencies Act, the Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.

The court heard that Ali was responsible for uploading advertisements containing personal details of Indonesian workers including their names and ages on Carousell under the username “maid.recruitment” between September 1 and 17.

The agency and the employee will each have to face 99 charges, 49 counts of which involve advertising foreign domestic workers in a manner akin to a commodity, while the other 50 counts are for failing to ensure that the agency’s name and licence number were included in the advertisements.

Meanwhile, the agency also faces an additional 45 charges relating to failures in the maintenance of legally required documentation for the employment of foreign domestic workers.

At present, the agency’s licence has been suspended, while their agent has been removed from the official register of licensed employment agency personnel.

According to a report by Shin Min Daily News, Seow Yong Kai, 24, and Koh Seng Yeow, 31, were identified as the owners of the accused company, citing official corporate records.

Koh has not been charged with any offences, while Seow, a new graduate from Nanyang Technological University who joined KPMG as an audit assistant last month, may still be liable to charges.

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