There's an across-the-board fall in the number of low-wage migrant workers in Singapore through the first six months of 2020. Even domestic workers.
To fund the required recruitment fee for his job, Habibur took a loan from Brac Bank. Even from the beginning, the repayment demands looked tight. Then the unexpected happened.
We hoped to find out how workers navigated the procedure for going out on rest days. Instead we found that most weren't going anywhere.
With mediation meetings too difficult to organise, most cases were suspended. With the gradual lifting, there's some movement, but little prospect of happy outcomes.