Why is the rate of rejection of the reported cases of trafficking so high? More transparency on the assessment processes is appreciated.
On 23 Feb 2015, the Minister for Home Affairs, Singapore, Mr Teo Chee Hean, in a written reply to a Parliamentary question, revealed the number of reported and prosecuted cases of trafficking in Singapore.
Of 49 cases of alleged sex trafficking cases reported in 2014, 25 were found to be substantiated sex trafficking cases, the police prosecuted 2 of the cases, 18 awaiting further actions and 5 not prosecuted.in court.
Of 48 labour trafficking cases report in 2014, 43 were found not to involve trafficking.
Why is the rate of rejection of the reported cases of trafficking so high? What were the considerations in the decisions to not prosecute certain cases? We need more answers for the victims who are seeking justice and for those fighting against trafficking. More transparency on the assessment processes is needed .
This is the few times statistics on trafficking cases in Singapore are given. More statistics need to be made available for NGOs, academicians, interested members of the public to monitor the effectiveness of the national anti-trafficking initiatives. This is particularly urgent with the new Prevention of Human Trafficking Act in effect on 1 March 2015.
For the news report, pl see http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/25-substantiated-cases-sex-trafficking-last-year