MP Mr Christopher De Souza has proposed a Private Member’s Bill dedicated to combating human trafficking which will be presented in parliament in November 2014. In conjunction with the proposed Bill, non-governmental organisations HOME, AWARE TWC2, Healthserve and MARUAH have jointly organized the StopTraffickingSG Campaign. Phase One of the campaign runs from July to December 2014. The key activity is submitting a parliamentary petition.
This petition urges the government to adopt a victim-centred approach in the drafting of the Bill on Prevention of Human Trafficking. The following terms specify the rights of victims that the petition hopes the Bill would achieve:
1. Victims have the right to accommodation, food, counseling services, legal aid, medical treatment, compensation and social support while their case is ongoing
2. Victims are not prosecuted for being an undocumented immigrant or for working ‘illegally’ or for any illegal immigration infractions inadvertently committed while being trafficked
3. Victims have the right to work and a decent income while their case is ongoing