Discussion: police processes

13 06, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers stuffed into office drawers

2019-08-30T16:31:33+08:00June 13th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

By Katia Barthélémy Heading to one of the restaurants in Little India where TWC2 offers free meals to injured and salary-unpaid migrant workers, I am wondering about the kind of life story I will come across tonight. As a fairly new volunteer with TWC2, my limited experience makes me think everything is about physical injuries.

29 04, 2017

Cheating agents and sleeping agencies

2019-08-30T16:31:33+08:00April 29th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

By Jean Law Debesh* is going back to Bangladesh after a mere four months working in Singapore. He is leaving much poorer than if he had not come at all.  This is because his money was taken from him in an illegal transaction that was not brought to justice. He tried to get the police

29 04, 2016

Kamal climbs out of window, 12 floors up, to get help

2019-08-30T16:32:02+08:00April 29th, 2016|Articles, Stories|

Kamal gingerly opened a window, hoping it wouldn't make a noise. Heart pounding, he stepped out, trying not to look down. He was twelve floors up Block 601 Jurong West. With certain death should he miss a step, he made his way to the ground, never before so careful in his life. Hailing a taxi,

6 11, 2015

The bicycle thief (who didn’t do it)

2019-08-30T16:32:23+08:00November 6th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

In the much acclaimed 1948 Italian movie of the same name, the protagonist searches for his stolen bike, the bike that he needs to keep his job to help his family escape from poverty in post-World War 2 Italy. Arman, the protagonist of this story who came to work in Singapore to help lift his

21 10, 2015

Who cares about the overtime rule? and other discoveries

2019-08-30T16:32:24+08:00October 21st, 2015|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

By Fatima Ying I was given the opportunity to intern for TWC2 and the experience allowed me to interact with migrant workers, most of whom are Indian and Bangladeshi nationals. Through my conversations with them, I got to find out more about their culture and lifestyle here and gained some interesting insights into the world

20 07, 2015

Little India: a surveillance landscape

2019-08-30T16:32:27+08:00July 20th, 2015|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

By Shona Loong Sandir’s story Standing together in Lembu Park Open Space (the ‘Minimart’), 32-year old Sandir points to a spot on the ground and reminisces. In 2008, on the first of three migration trips to Singapore, the Bangladeshi man was caught for littering here. He professes to remember it clearly: after chewing on some

13 06, 2015

Employer fails to pay, worker goes to jail

2019-08-30T16:32:30+08:00June 13th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

By Alexandra Galvez “I don’t want to go to jail. I cannot come back to Singapore to work if I go to jail. I like Singapore and I want to continue working here. I need to provide for my family,” Ali (not his real name) is worried, his countenance darkening with anxiety and desperation. The