Ministry of Manpower has named the agency that was selling maids on Carousell and suspended its license

A profile with the username @maid.recruitment had been marketing maids by posting pictures on them on the online retail platform, Carousell.
Screengrab / Carousell

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) revealed in a media statement on Wednesday (Sept 19) that the employment agency behind Carousell profile @maid.recruitment is SRC Recruitment.

The profile made the news last week after its account showed listings of maids being sold on the popular trading platform.

SRC Recruitment has since had its licence suspended and the agency can no longer deploy any new foreign domestic workers (FDWs) for employment.

MOM also added that it is “investigating the agency, with the view to prosecuting it for infringements under the Employment Agencies Act (EAA).”

The suspension will remain in place for as long as investigations are ongoing, the ministry said.

The postings prompted the Indonesian Embassy to say it would request a thorough investigation.

According to the Jakarta Post, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s overseas citizen protection director, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, had said on Sunday that the Indonesia’s embassy in Singapore had voiced concerns about the practice to MOM.

MOM was first alerted to the Carousell listings last Friday, and put up a Facebook post to warn other agencies against engaging in such practices.