28 Jun '11, 11am

US human trafficking report \\"riddled with inaccuracies\\"

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says it is dismayed to find the US "Trafficking in Persons Report 2011" riddled with inaccuracies in the section on Singapore. In response to media queries, a MFA spokesman said such a casual approach to the facts is troubling. The MFA highlighted two inaccuracies among the "numerous others". It said the report has a major issue with forced labour on fishing vessels that "originated in Singapore". "This is the first such claim that such vessels originated in Singapore. This is untrue and unverified," said the MFA. "The Singapore government would not tolerate forced labour on Singapore flagged ships. The United States should thoroughly investigate the 'reports' before faulting us for not pursuing our 'phantom' ships," added the MFA. There's also the astonishing observation that "no known victims" of trafficking were afforded ...

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