By P. Aruna
The Indonesian Embassy has criticised the Government's move to allow hiring of maids without going through agencies, saying it opened up loopholes for human trafficking.
“Direct recruitment violates our laws and regulations,” said its minister counsellor for information, social and cultural affairs Suryana Sastradiredja.
He warned Malaysian employers that they could be detained by Indonesian authorities.
In July, the Government announced that employers could hire Indonesian maids without going through recruitment agencies as a way to reduce costs for those who would otherwise have to pay hefty agency fees.
The maids are brought into the country through social visit passes by employers or agents, who then get a work permit for them from the Immigration Department.
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