04 Dec '11, 7am

S'pore police and youths increase awareness of loansharking dangers

S'pore police and youths increase awareness of loansharking dangers

Youths are often exploited by loansharks who pay them to carry out harassments on their debtors. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN By Fiona Low Some 500 youths were deployed to various locations around Singapore on Sunday in a bid to raise awareness of loanshark activities. As part of the X Ah Long project, these ambassadors also approached other young people in the community to help them understand the dangers behind associating with unlicensed money lenders or participating in their activities. Youths are often exploited by loansharks who pay them to carry out harassments on their debtors. Unlicensed money lenders use these youths to avoid carrying out illegal activities themselves so they can sidestep law enforcement efforts. Speaking at the launch of the event at Commonwealth on Sunday, Minister of State for Ministry of Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said the police alone will n...

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