16 Apr '17, 1am

8 charged under Singapore's human trafficking laws since 2015

8 charged under Singapore's human trafficking laws since 2015

SINGAPORE: To combat human trafficking in Singapore, a new law - the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act - came into effect in March 2015. To date, three convictions have resulted from the eight cases prosecuted under the Act. While this number seems low, cases of sexual exploitation or forced labour - involving workers who were tricked or coerced into coming to Singapore - may not be that uncommon. Singapore Police Force (SPF) Deputy Superintendent Leow Teck Wee, the deputy head of the Specialised Crime Policy Branch, said in an interview that Singapore is an economic hub with a high flow of human traffic and the Government recognises that there could be "greater potential and opportunities" where victims may be exploited. However, the actual number of people trafficked into the country has not been determined due to the complexity of gathering evidence and acquiring test...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-charged-u...

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