By Tam Peck Hoon, Campaign Manager, Stoptraffickingsg The following is a response to a letter by the Taskforce Against Trafficking in Persons in Singapore, http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/measures-in-place-to-help-trafficked-victims We thank the Taskforce for affirming its commitment to fighting human trafficking in the letter, “Measures in place to help trafficked victims” (18 August 2016). Though it is acknowledged that… Continue reading Source control restrictions are obstacles to crime reporting
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.
“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
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.