Type of issue: human trafficking and trafficking-like circumstances

12 10, 2017

Fraud committed using ministry letterhead

2019-08-30T16:31:30+08:00October 12th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

Sarowar (not his real name) approaches our help desk hesitantly. Despite being in his mid-thirties, he does not exude much self-confidence. Maybe it's because he knows his English is weak, and what he has to tell us is fairly complicated. However, it didn't take us long to grasp the nub of the problem: Someone had

14 07, 2017

Migrant workers in Singapore “vulnerable to forced labor, including debt bondage”, says US TIP 2017 report

2019-08-30T16:31:32+08:00July 14th, 2017|News, Our Stand|

Transient Workers Count Too is deeply appreciative of the US State Department's efforts at drawing attention to the evil of trafficking in persons, through its annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The 2017 segment relating to Singapore can be found here: https://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/countries/2017/271276.htm  Singapore was classed as Tier 2. TWC2 notes in particular these comments in the report:

21 10, 2016

Diluted Justice: Protection and redress for trafficked fishermen in Asia

2019-08-30T16:31:59+08:00October 21st, 2016|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Press Releases|

A joint research by Dr Sallie Yea and Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) reveals that trafficked fishermen face insurmountable barriers to access legal and economic justice and protection. These barriers are caused by the following factors: significant gaps in measures for victim identification, a lack of coordinated support for the psycho-social needs and well-being of

24 11, 2015

A Sri Lankan’s story – the blurry line between exploitation and trafficking

2019-08-30T16:32:22+08:00November 24th, 2015|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Stories|

Transient Workers Count Too sees a relatively small number of Sri Lankans in the course of our work. There are far fewer of them in Singapore compared to Indians and Bangladeshis. Sri Lankans are an approved source for domestic work, construction and marine sectors, but except for women in the former, TWC2 can't recall seeing

10 11, 2015

A Singapore company at the heart of fisherman trafficking — New York Times

2019-08-30T16:32:23+08:00November 10th, 2015|Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

The New York Times has an exposé on Step Up Marine, a manning agency operating out of Singapore's Chinatown, and its network of recruiters in neighbouring countries. Young men are deceived and entrapped into horrendously abusive jobs on fishing trawlers, including Eril Andrade who died at sea. Court papers in the Philippines point the finger clearly

30 10, 2015

Caretakers and domestic workers: Taiwan splits the job

2019-08-30T16:32:23+08:00October 30th, 2015|News, News Flash|

TWC2 has recently learned from a migrant worker organisation in Taiwan that the regulations there make a clear distinction between a domestic worker and a caretaker. The job of domestic workers is to look after young children. They are employed by families with at least one child under the age of six and are forbidden to

2 10, 2015

Singapore accedes to the UN Anti-Trafficking Protocol

2019-08-30T16:32:24+08:00October 2nd, 2015|News, News Flash, Our Stand|

Statement by Transient Workers Count Too On 28 September 2015, Singapore acceded to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (UN TIP Protocol), often known as the Palermo Protocol. This is the key international legal instrument for combatting trafficking. Though just over 15 years old, it has

16 03, 2015

Catch the victim, never mind the syndicate

2019-08-30T16:32:53+08:00March 16th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

It was Sadhin who first saw her. She was crying, lost in a foreign country, knowing nobody. All she knew was that her tourist visa was about to expire and she would soon be an illegal overstayer. Broke and with no means to purchase a flight home, she could soon be spending time in prison.