EMPLOYING maids without going through an agent does not hurt the worker ("'Stop hiring Indonesian maids directly'"; Feb 6).
When I hired my maid two years ago, I chose to do the paperwork myself because I believe in spending prudently and in having peace of mind. This translates into more generous terms for my helper.
In order to keep records of maids working here, the Indonesian government can simply make it a requirement for employers to provide the embassy with their maids' data.
Maid agencies are profit-driven. Cutting out the third party would mean lower costs and a win-win situation for both employers and maids.
Also, the authorities should not assume that maids who are employed directly are taken advantage of.
Chua Lee Huang (Madam)