This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Human Trafficking, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!

Overview




This Powerpoint guide can be downloaded at this link. See also Human Trafficking Articles and Human Trafficking Events.

Key People


Names are in alphabetical order, hyperlinked to LinkedIn, else Facebook. Listing is based on prior experience in an area, plus a connection to Singapore in some way.

Bindu Sharma, Kate Hurst, Mrinalini Venkatachalam, Nadhirah Borhanudin, Ng Siew Hua, Ruici Tio, Saleemah Ismail, Sylvia Lee

International Conventions & Networks


The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a multilateral treaty, which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return.

Their Protection is in Our Hands – The State of Global Child Trafficking for Sexual Purposes – a global report by ECPAT International and The Body Shop –reveals key findings on the scale of trafficking of children and young people for sexual purposes around the world.

The Global Forum on Human Trafficking is a rare opportunity where leading experts from multiple fields will come together to discuss their current work to confront human trafficking. Like the issue, the conference will span local, national, and international efforts and highlight a plethora of approaches.

SlaveryMap exists to record and display instances of human trafficking across the globe. Whether you find them hidden in your hometown or covered in The New York Times, report the incidents onto this map for people everywhere to see.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Manual for Criminal Justice Practitioners is a practical guide and training tool based on the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel & Tourism has been adopted by the Marriott Hotels, Carlson Hotels & Accor Hotels as industry best practice.

SG Networks & Associations

The Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons was established in 2010 in recognition of the threat of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in Singapore. Co-chaired by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Taskforce includes representatives from the Singapore Police Force (SPF), Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports (MCYS), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Law (MinLaw), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC). The aim of the Taskforce is to implement holistic, co-ordinated strategies to combat TIP more effectively.

Humantrafficking.org serves to bring Government and NGOs in the East Asia and Pacific together to cooperate and learn from each other’s experiences in their efforts to combat human trafficking. It provides a concise summary of Singapore’s approach to human trafficking.

Child Rights SG is a conversation space for youth to discuss the issue of child rights (including child trafficking) in Singapore.

SG Organisations & Companies


EmancipAsia Ltd's mission is to combat human trafficking by raising awareness, advocating change and empowering communities, businesses and individuals to take action to end this horrific crime against humanity. Its mission is in line with the Singapore government's national plan to fight human trafficking both in Singapore and the region.

The National Committee for UNIFEM Singapore is a non-profit group working towards Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality. Its Sound Out Against Sex Trafficking campaign looks to raise awareness among Singapore's general public about the horrors of sex trafficking and what you can to do to stop it. The website contains up-to-date information on the issue, a calendar highlighting relevant events and contact information for schools and organizations looking to get involved in the fight against commercial sex.

SISHA (South East Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities) is a registered Australian not-for-profit organisation that strives to ensure justice and the protection of human rights for victims of human trafficking, bonded labour, physical and sexual assault and other forms of exploitation and oppression in South East Asia.

Lotus Culture is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to build a liveable future for poor and disadvantaged women and children. It provides them with educational opportunities to develop literacy and life skills, rebuilding their self esteem and self worth, and creating economically viable employment opportunities.

Key Projects


SoundOut is a campaign to raise awareness among Singpaore's general public about the horrors of sex trafficking and what you can to do to stop it. The website contains up-to-date information on the issue, a calendar highlighting relevant events and contact information for schools and organizations looking to get involved in the fight against commercial sex.

MTV EXIT is a campaign to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking in Europe and Asia. Since the campaign launched in 2004, MTV EXIT has created various programs and activities that informed and empowered millions of young people both from source and destination countries about the issue and take actions within their communities.

Traffick Lights is a NUS youth initiative to raise awareness of the issue of sex trafficking. Join their Facebook group.

Sex Trafficking in Singapore has a report on the state of sex trafficking.

Modern Asian Perspectives is a project by students at the Singapore American School, who decided to cover the sex slave industry in Thailand as their human rights project. This is an issue that needs to be heard about around the whole world because not only is it not acceptable, but it is cruel and dehumanizing.

Key Videos & Publications

Inside the Child Sex Trade is an undercover film about the plight of two teenage prostitutes at a brothel in Batam. Focusing on the girls' plight and the mission to save them, they filmed every event leading to the girls' rescue.

Inside the Business of Modern Sex Slavery. Sex trafficking is the most highly profitable—and exploitative—component of contemporary slavery. In this talk, author and former investment banker Siddharth Kara exposes the mechanisms behind this little-understood industry. Amidst disturbing anecdotes taken from his study of hundreds of slaves and their "owners" in eight countries, Kara offers a business and economic analysis of the sex slave industry and critiques attempts to date to abolish sex trafficking. He proposes measures that could eradicate this form of livelihood by undermining its profitability.

Responding to Transnational Organised Crime: Case study of Human Trafficking and Drug Trafficking is a Southeast Asa report by the Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia.

3.50 is the first feature film co-production between Singapore and Cambodia. When a young Cambodian girl is abducted from her village, an American documentary filmmaker ventures deep into the underbelly of Phnom Penh to find her and crosses paths with various other lives that are affected by the city’s harsh rules of survival.


Troubled Water: Trafficking of Filipino Men Into the Long Haul Fishing Industry Through Singapore shows that trafficking characterizes a significant proportion of the experiences of the fishermen on the boats that dock in Singapore’s ports. These fishermen suffer various abuses during the recruitment and deployment process (in the Philippines and Singapore), at sea (in international waters), and after exiting their situations of exploitation, including in Singapore and upon return home to the Philippines.

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