Type of issue: human trafficking and trafficking-like circumstances

5 11, 2014

Bhuiyan and friends defeated

2019-08-30T16:32:58+08:00November 5th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

This is a four-part story about four workers whose employer's behaviour appears to have crossed a few red lines relating to trafficking in persons. Five months after Monir Bhuiyan and three others lodged their salary complaints against their employer J S Metal Pte Ltd, the company was still in business, presumably with good cashflow and

5 11, 2014

Bhuiyan and friends defeated, part 2

2019-08-30T16:32:58+08:00November 5th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

Continued from Part 1. This second part of the JS Metal saga shows up defects in the Ministry of Manpower's processes. From the many cases that TWC2 has seen, it appears that these defects spring mainly from the heroic assumption that when a case of salary non-payment or underpayment arises, it's a "labour relations" dispute

5 11, 2014

Bhuiyan and friends defeated, part 3

2019-08-30T16:32:59+08:00November 5th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

Continued from part 2. Part 1 narrated what happened when Monir Bhuiyan, Titu, Mahi Uddin and Shahjahan came to Singapore for their jobs at JS Metal Pte Ltd. They had each been offered $550 a month as basic salary. This was documented in the In-Principle Approval letters (IPA) issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)

5 11, 2014

Bhuiyan and friends defeated, part 4

2019-08-30T16:32:59+08:00November 5th, 2014|Articles, News, Our Stand, Stories|

Continued from part 3. TWC2 stayed in contact off and on with the four men from JS Metal Pte Ltd through the months following the lodging of their claims at the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). For a while they had some work, all at temporary jobs "make furniture" with Delco Art Interior Decoration, located at Kallang

25 09, 2014

Singaporean ship manning agent accused in Filipino court of trafficking in persons

2019-08-30T16:33:01+08:00September 25th, 2014|News, News Flash|

A former director of a ship manning agency has been charged in a Filipino court with human trafficking and illegal recruitment, the Sunday Times reported on 21 September 2014. However, he appears to be still in Singapore, and there is no extradition treaty between Singapore and the Philippines. Victor Lim, formerly of Step Up Marine

29 08, 2014

The challenge of labour trafficking

2019-08-30T16:33:04+08:00August 29th, 2014|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

On 27 August 2014, The Straits Times published an opinion article by John Gee, immediate past president of TWC2, which the paper titled 'Ensuring better protection for migrant workers'. Here, John has revised the article slightly, elaborating on some points at the same time. By John Gee At the end of this year, Singapore seems

21 04, 2014

TWC2 calls for comprehensive bill on labour trafficking

2019-08-30T16:33:32+08:00April 21st, 2014|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand|

TWC2 calls for practices of labour trafficking suffered by low wage migrant workers in all sectors of employment and foreign fishermen who dock in Singapore or on transit in the country to be addressed in the “Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill”. In a 17-page document submitted via email on 18 April 2014 to the address

12 01, 2014

Trafficking easier to identify if migrant labour in general is treated better

2019-08-30T16:34:10+08:00January 12th, 2014|Articles, Happenings, News, Our Stand|

Former president of Transient Workers Count Too, John Gee, spoke at the NUS Human Trafficking Conference on 10 January 2014. Others on the panel included Kandhavel Periyasamy (Joint Ops Director, Ministry of Manpower), Jolovan Wham (Workfair Singapore) and two students from Singapore Management University who recently did a project relating to trafficking. John's paper was titled:  Migrants