This article was first published on the Straits Times Forum, AUG 3, 2016, http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/provide-better-protection-for-victims-of-human-trafficking With the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons marked last Saturday, there is cause for us to review how well Singapore has done in combating human trafficking. Low-wage migrant workers, who make up 30 per cent of our workforce, are particularly vulnerable to… Continue reading Provide better protection for victims of human trafficking
This is an account of the case of Hussein* as told by him to HOME. He was flagged as a victim of forced labour on 25 March 2015 as his case has satisfied 4 strong indicators (shown in bold below) and 11 medium indicators (shown in italics below) according to the indicators by International Labor… Continue reading “I can’t believe this is happening to me” (case filed 25 March 2015)
INTRODUCTION The Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) was established in 2004 to respond to the urgent needs of the migrant community in Singapore. HOME’s founder, Bridget Tan, poured her own CPF money into the creation of HOME. Her work was recognized in 2011 when she received the Hero Acting to End Modern-day Slavery Award from the U.S.… Continue reading HOME Shadow US TIPs Report 2016
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
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!
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