The Act needs to be amended to make it more comprehensive. The Inter-Agency Task Force should implement the Act in ways that uphold these rights. Only then will Singapore make real progress towards meeting international anti-trafficking standards. By Vivienne Wee and Goh Li Sian The recently passed Prevention of Human Trafficking Act has been lauded… Continue reading Anti-trafficking law: Singapore can do better
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
NCMP Lina Chiam: Parliamentary speech on the Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill Madam Speaker, I would like to congratulate the Member for Holland-Bukit Timah and his team for introducing the Prevention of human Trafficking Bill in Parliament. This is a long overdue legislation which NGOs and activists have been advocating for many years. The existing… Continue reading Thank you NCMP Lina Chiam for speaking up for a victim-centric bill
This article is a response to recent articles published in Channel News Asia and Straits Times on the issues of right to work and legal protection for trafficked victims The release of the Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill on 7 October 2014 has raised many questions and concerns regarding its effectiveness in combating the scourge… Continue reading Second Last Words on Right to Work and Legal Protection
“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
On 15 Oct 2014, the StopTraffickingSG coalition emailed Members of Parliament (MPs) to request for a meeting with regards to the Prevention of Human Trafficking bill. To our surprise, the taskforce replied. A copy was also released to the press. Pl see http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/only-a-minority-of-labour/1437834.html StopTraffickingSG expresses our views on this unusual development and our concerns for… Continue reading The Interagency taskforce answers our letter to Members of Parliament
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!