Al Jazerra reveals the shocking reality of child trafficking and forced labour among domestic workers from Myanmar in Singapore. Girls as young as 15 are brought in to work in our households which not only violates Singapore’s minimum age requirement of 23 for domestic workers, but also constitutes child trafficking if the recruitment of a… Continue reading Maid in Singapore – 101 East
This is an account of the case of Xiao Hui (name changed to protect the victim’s identity) as told by her to HOME. She was flagged as a victim of sex trafficked victim on 4 September 2015 as her case has satisfied 3 strong indicators (shown in bold below) and 2 medium indicators (shown in… Continue reading “How do I fight to keep my head above water?” (Case filed on 4 September 2015)
This is an account of the case of Hussein* as told by him to HOME. He was flagged as a victim of forced labour on 25 March 2015 as his case has satisfied 4 strong indicators (shown in bold below) and 11 medium indicators (shown in italics below) according to the indicators by International Labor… Continue reading “I can’t believe this is happening to me” (case filed 25 March 2015)
Ling came to Singapore believing that her job would simply involve waitressing and selling alcohol in a pub. In reality, she was shocked to find out that not only did the pub pressurised her into wearing skimpy clothing and performing for the pub clientele, she had to fulfill a monthly sales quota or ‘compensate’ the pub… Continue reading Pending Case #1 “I had no choice but to continue” (Filed 25 Oct 15)
Violence has different forms: debt bondage and threats are as coercive as physical assaults. It is quite unreasonable to give undue weight to former and neglecting the latter.
Reposted from The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/09/world/asia/philippines-fishing-ships-illegal-manning-agencies.html LINABUAN SUR, the Philippines — When Eril Andrade left this small village, he was healthy and hoping to earn enough on a fishing boat on the high seas to replace his mother’s leaky roof. Seven months later, his body was sent home in a wooden coffin: jet black… Continue reading TRICKED AND INDEBTED ON LAND, ABUSED OR ABANDONED AT SEA
“It’s a nasty bar. Because a lot of girls there flirting for one guy and many girls together drinking. Naked and everything,” said Karen, unable to hide her horror. By Thrina T. Dressed in a flowery blouse and skinny jeans, donned in jewelry, with her dyed hair cut in a fashionable short do, Karen* flashes… Continue reading I was almost trafficked into sex work