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Civil society engagement – what can we learn?

A key component of the Government’s strategy to address human trafficking in Singapore is to engage with civil society.  Most significantly, this took the form of a formal public consultation process where the Government asked specific non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and the broader public, to make submissions to the draft National Plan of Action on Trafficking in Persons (NPA).  As this has been, for the most part, new territory for both NGOs and Government itself, there is value in looking at the process to tease out where lessons can be learned to ensure that this relationship is given the opportunity to thrive in the future. (more…)

To have and to hold: human trafficking and marriage

Alongside the issue of trafficked fisherman, the topic of human trafficking and marriage has left much to our imaginations as policy researchers – the published NPA doesn’t address it, and there appears to be little interest within the NGO community regarding this potential group of trafficked persons. Does that mean the problem doesn’t exist in Singapore? To be frank, we aren’t sure, but anecdotal evidence suggests that it should, at the very least, be a topic integrated into future research endeavors. (more…)

Spending to save: the benefits of research for anti-trafficking efforts

A key theme throughout our submission to the recent NPA consultation was, perhaps unsurprisingly, the need for in-depth, targeted and extensive research on trafficking in Singapore.  Our concern was that the NPA had been based on what the Government thought the trafficking landscape looked like rather than on the result of an accurate examination of the current situation.  The Government was aware of its limited knowledge so the final NPA, launched in March 2012, contains a provision for further research studies.  But this provision raises a host of questions and issues. (more…)