A common complaint we receive is of agencies stealing the first 2-3 months of a domestic worker’s salary. The Ministry of Labor issued a declaration in 2012 that this was illegal and they would prosecute offending agencies but it is still common practice – hardly surprising in an industry that is almost completely unregulated. When agencies beat up and even rape domestic workers, one should hardly gasp in horror that they steal salaries. We were able to get this woman’s illegal deduction refunded to her. How many others out there have no access to phones and no way of complaining?