Many domestic servants in Singapore suffer abuse and humiliation at the hands of their wealthy employers. They arrive full of dreams for a better future, but often the reality is a nightmare. We also take a look at how safer sex might help save the Amazon rainforest, where a government-supported condom factory uses only locally-produced and sustainable latex during production.
Many domestic workers in Singapore suffer exploitation, abuse and even rape at the hands of their wealthy employers. Most of the women arrive here via agencies that recruit in the slums of Indonesia and the Philippines.
They hope to earn enough money to help support their families back at home. But once they arrive in Singapore, they are at the mercy of their employers. Often, their passports are taken away from them. There are more than 200,000 such domestic servants in Singapore, and for many of them their workplace is little more than a prison. They’re expected to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and never get a day off, let alone a holiday.
Around 40 percent of condoms worldwide are made of latex extracted from rubber trees. Now some of them are being produced on-site in the Brazilian Amazon.
The government-backed latex factory in the state of Acre uses only local latex. The project helps preserve the Amazon by using sustainable materials and methods, and the work provides an income for the rubber tappers. The condoms are distributed free of charge as part of a national campaign against sexually-transmitted diseases.
We travel to northern Tanzania and pay a visit to Korio Olokula and his wife Naarkirobi. They live in the Maasai village of Seneto.
Traffic congestion is a perennial problem in Johannesburg. One solution could be Rea Vaya, the first public bus rapid transit system, the first of its kind in Africa. The Rea Vaya buses are replacing thousands of taxis and minibuses that clog the roads, and it’s hoped that one day they’ll lower carbon emissions by 40,000 tons a year.
The buses use separate bus lanes and during peak hours they run every five minutes. One bus can replace more than 40 cars or six minibus taxis. Ticket prices are affordable, too, and the service is very popular.