It is to be hoped that there will be a strong degree of cooperation in monitoring the implementation of the PHTA between all concerned. Furthermore, there needs to be a determined effort by all concerned to conduct education on trafficking, so that an informed and concerned public is mobilised to counter it. This article is… Continue reading The Anti-Trafficking Act: Looking Ahead
The 2nd reading of the Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill is scheduled for 3 November 2014. On the eve, Lawyer Ronald JJ Wong lends his voice for a victim-centric anti-trafficking legislation in Singapore.
“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
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
StopTraffickingSG Press Conference The message by the coalition of 6 NGOs behind the StopTraffickingSG Campaign is clear: Without a victim-centred approach, the bill will not be effective in combating human trafficking in Singapore. Jolovan Wham, Executive Director, HOME kicks off the press conference, by stressing the importance of the right to work for trafficked victim… Continue reading Draft bill does not empower trafficked victims to report
The full text of the critique of the draft Prevention of Human Trafficking bill delivered at a press conference on 21 October 2014: Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill StopTraffickingSG Campaign recommendations About the campaign: The StopTraffickingSg campaign is a joint initiative of AWARE, HOME, MARUAH, Project X, the Singapore Committee for UN Women, and TWC2.… Continue reading The full story of our recommendations for the Prevention of Human Trafficking bill (before it passes into law!)