20 Apr '17, 2am

Fake passports fuel child trafficking to Hong Kong, Singapore

HONG KONG - When Siti was promised a high salary for working as a maid overseas, her parents urged her to leave their rural home in Indonesia's rugged East Java province. There was only one problem - Siti was 14. Under Indonesian law, she would have to wait another seven years before being allowed legally to work abroad as a domestic worker. To get around the legal requirement, Siti's traffickers forged a passport with a new birth date. But she still looked young, so they plucked and shaped her eyebrows in an effort to pass her off as a 23-year-old. "They trained me to lie about my age and to keep repeating, 'I am 23'," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Exploitative recruitment agencies are believed to have trafficked hundreds of children to Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian countries to work as domestic workers by using forged documents and bribing officials, ri...

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