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Guideline on ayis has affairs in control

THE Shanghai Household Service Association has issued the first service contract guideline for ayis and families - and hanky panky is a no-no.

The sample guideline is designed to protect the interests of both ayis and families.

One section stipulates that ayis cannot sleep in the same room as male employers.

The association said this item was designed to protect ayis and prevent affairs.

"Cases have happened when ayis complain that the man at home was up to no good," said Chen Xizhu, director of the association.

"On the other hand, some ayis may also not have good intentions."

Last month, an 88-year-old retired professor of the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, Shao Wangyu, was found beheaded in his home.

His ayi, Fang Huifang, who shared the home with Shao, is the prime suspect.

The contract guideline has received a lukewarm response from household companies.

The Shanghai Laibang Household Co said some people, for example the elderly or the seriously ill, may require an ayi to stay in the same room in case of emergency.

"We have to ask the family and the ayi to explain clearly why they had to stay in one room," said Li Rong, general manager of the company, referring to the guideline.

"And both sides can talk to us if they have problems."

Companies said they would carry out regularly training sessions, stressing the importance of morality to ayis.


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