Our laws invest employers with a lot of power over foreign workers. But laws also give workers rights, Bosses can be so intoxicated with power, they get carried away.
"Who do you think profitted from the $5,000 you paid to get the job?" we ask Abjal. He's pretty sure the boss got half of it. The other half?
What's it like to arrive in Singapore, take your first meal here and be confronted with a crowded dorm? Jan Shak Mohabbat recounts his first memories here.
Many young men in Bangladesh dream of coming to Singapore. We ask Masud what were his impressions when he first came.
Ten years of loyal service counted for nothing when Arsad got injured. The law that requires employers to support injured workers doesn't mean much either.
Mohosin had to edure the months-long lockdown in a dorm. Besides mind-numbing boredom, he was also afflicted with constant pain from an arm injury.
A 17-year-old had to choose between furthering his education or becoming a migrant worker. After five years, has it turned out well?
As soon as the lockdown was lifted, Azom's employer reverted from electronic payment of salary to cash. What was the motive?
Filing an injury claim sometimes precipitates a salary problem as well. Arzu's case shows why. He also tells us about the supervisor and employer taking kickbacks.
A profile of a worker with so many problems we hardly know where to begin. Monzurul may not be the luckiest guy, but his situation is not uncommon either.