I also know maids who earn salaries in 1,000 $ and above, and are allowed to travel when the employer is out of town, and they have been with the employer for 20 years or more .. and are almost a part of their family. And when one of the maids in Iloilo lost her house in the storms, the employer paid her 10,000 $ to put up a new house .. and the employer are just government servants here ..
One of the maids even flew to Australia, when the employer was on vacation, and when I casually asked her whether the employer approved her flying away - she showed me the text from her employer, telling her that she can be away as long as one of her friends water the plants ...
That is called "TRUST"
As for your next post about 'Its their PERSONAL property
and not YOURS' Yah, I gotta agree on that, to some extent .. so - does your maid go to Malaysia every weekend ??
Hat, coat, umbrella - me is gonna leg it out .