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)
“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
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
Police to the rescue in Crimewatch? Trafficking in persons is a serious crime which the authorities in this video have rightfully acknowledged to be a problem that needs to be resolved. However the experience of victims reporting abuse and obtaining social support may not be as smooth sailing.
Last week, a Singaporean sex worker reported that she was threatened by the Singapore Police Force when she tried to report someone who sexually assaulted her. She dialled triple nine when a guy groped her breasts and her crotch and then refuse to apologize when confronted. Thankfully, she managed to get a picture. When the… Continue reading Where Human Rights is Lacking, Sex Trafficking Thrives
Study sheds light on sex trafficking in Singapore By Toh Yong Chuan And Janice Tai First Published on The Sunday Times, Feb 10 2014 http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/study-sheds-light-sex-trafficking-singapore?page=0%2C1#sthash.4GBsXcsm.dpuf It found that victims from the Philippines were lured to Singapore by friends and acquaintances on the pretext of jobs such as waitressing and hostessing, before ending up in… Continue reading Who are the women trafficked into sex work in Singapore?
Conducting research on sex trafficking in Singapore is a difficult task. Among the many conclusions a researcher can result to, the confusing legislation that is used to “regulate” the sex industry and the blind eye society turns to the sex workers and their problems are probably the two significant ones. Legislation on sex work in… Continue reading A Researcher goes into the dark alleys of Geylang to report on sex trafficking in Singapore