Trafficking in Singapore

“I must live forever with this shame”

This account is based on the facts of a case seen by HOME. We have changed her name to protect her identity. “I was in my last year at university, living with my sister and supporting myself doing part-time modeling work. I didn’t have much money but I enjoyed my studies and the modeling was fun.… Continue reading “I must live forever with this shame”

Trafficking in Singapore

Singapore’s new anti-trafficking Act does not go far enough

The passing of the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act yesterday in Parliament has raised questions and concerns regarding its effectiveness in combating the scourge of human trafficking. It is our contention that the Act does not have sufficient measures to ensure the protection of victims’ safety, livelihood and sustenance that would empower them to report,… Continue reading Singapore’s new anti-trafficking Act does not go far enough

Trafficking in Singapore

Reality bite: victims face challenges accessing help

“Singapore has an integrated support system. Victims can approach multiple access points, such as the police or Family Service Centres, for help” http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/only-a-minority-of-labour/1437834.html We were curious to learn of the ‘multiple access points’ for victims of trafficking. A quick check of the Ministry of Family Service website and the Family Service Centres websites reveals NO… Continue reading Reality bite: victims face challenges accessing help

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Send a letter to your MP for a victim-centric bill TODAY!

Dear Supporters, pl send the letter below to your MP to ask her/him to support the key recommendations identified by the StopTraffickingSG coalition for a victim-centric bill. The 2nd reading of the bill is scheduled for 3 November 2014. This short window of opportunity between now to next Monday is crucial to making the anti-trafficking… Continue reading Send a letter to your MP for a victim-centric bill TODAY!

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Victim Protection Enforces the Law; Batons and Raids Do Not

Adequate victim assistance and protection serve the interest both of the victim and of prosecution of the offenders. From a law enforcement perspective, poor victim assistance and protection may discourage victims from seeking assistance from law enforcement officials for fear of mistreatment, deportation or potential risks to their personal safety.” – UNODC, Model Law on… Continue reading Victim Protection Enforces the Law; Batons and Raids Do Not

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Media Digest: “Beef up Bill to better aid trafficked persons” – Straits Times, 24 Oct 2014

The Straits Times’ report on the StopTraffickingSG press conference rightly pointed out that the Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill is only “a very good first step’ but not comprehensive” because it does not address the critical needs of trafficked victims that will empower them to report their cases and testify against their traffickers. StopTraffickingSG calls… Continue reading Media Digest: “Beef up Bill to better aid trafficked persons” – Straits Times, 24 Oct 2014