Monitoring maids: Surveillance or spying?
In the latest strain on relations between domestic workers and their sponsors, more employers are installing cameras to monitor the day-to-day actions of their maids, local media reports.
Shaken by horror stories of nannies contaminating food with urine, torturing children and conducting black magic, as well as fears about theft and illicit relationships, have prompted this surveillance, employers said.
The Peninsula reports:
“I am embarrassed to monitor domestic helps. How can a human being be monitored 24 hours, it is a major interference on her human rights and privacy. However, with number of mishaps happening around us we cannot object people from installing cameras at homes,” said Suad Abdul Hamid, a teacher.
“I would rather call this spying than surveillance,” said Najiya. According to her, most of the crimes and misconduct will not happen if the housemaids are treated properly with dignity.
This story really tugs at an anxious parent’s heart!
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