A 30-year-old single mother of two children has sought assistance from the Singapore police after her Filipina domestic worker ran away unexpectedly.
Since the domestic worker disappeared, the former employer has had to deal with harassment from moneylenders demanding that she pay the debts of her missing worker.
The woman surnamed Che also wrote to Shin Min Daily News telling of the series of events that arose after her Filipina worker named Grace went missing on New Year’s eve.
The Filipina, who had been working for Che for a year, performed quite well, though she occasionally asked her employer for wages in advance, supposedly to help her family in the Philippines. Che declined the requests.
When the worker asked Che for a day’s leave on December 31 in place of her regular Sunday rest day so that she could spend New Year’s eve celebrations with friends, the employer agreed, as they had a flexible arrangement about the worker’s rest days.
However, not only has the worker not been unaccounted for since New Year’s eve, Che later discovered that about S$1,000 (US$740) in cash was missing, as were the worker’s passport and work permit.
Beginning on January 5, Che began to receive threatening telephone calls from loan sharks who claimed that the missing worker had failed to repay debts of S$400 (US$296). The moneylender later sent Che a screenshot of a conversation confirming that the Filipina had taken out a loan on December 21.
Che, who is a single mother to a 12-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter, filed a police report. However, after she returned home on Monday she found the gate to her home chained up. This is reportedly a threatening tactic carried out by criminals who run errands for illegal moneylenders, and it prompted her to file another police report.
Her worker has been in touch once, at 3am on January 2, when she claimed that she had not run away to steal her employer’s money, and nor was she pregnant. The Filipina told her she wished to stay in hiding while she paid off her debts, which she was trying to do. This was confirmed by the employer after cross-checking with the moneylenders.