17 Dec '11, 1pm

NGOs submit proposals on action against human trafficking

SINGAPORE: Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have submitted proposals to the authorities for a National Plan of Action against Human Trafficking. This is the first time Singapore is putting together a whole-of-government strategy to combat the problem, which authorities said is a "threat to Singapore's security as we are its economic and social fabric." The recommendations from the NGOs come after three separate forums were held over the past four weeks. With quivering hands, 27-year-old "Anna" from the Philippines showed the physical abuse suffered at the hands of her employer. Blows to her body made to sleep in the toilet. There was no escape, because her passport was held by the employer. "Anna" still owes the agent who brought her to Singapore, seven-and-a-half months in salary. Non-governmental organisation, HOME, said the public must realise that "Anna" is a vict...

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