30th July is the International Human Trafficking Day.
One may wonder the relevance of this day to us who are living peacefully in Singapore.
But, do you know that Singapore is a primary destination country for sexually trafficked persons? As recent as 2018, a US based report highlighted that Sg is in a tier 2 rank, indicating the country has not met the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.
In 2019, with the help of intergovernmental agencies, changes were made to the Women’s Charter and human traffickers now face tougher penalties. The government also provides food, shelter, psycho-social services and other assistance to these trafficking victims, many of whom are duped into thinking that they are coming here to work but instead are coerced into prostitution. For info, there are other types of trafficking victims as well.
Today, PPSEAWA SG would like to invite you to join us in honouring all frontliners and advocates who have worked tirelessly to protect our women and children from being victims of this international syndicate - the healthcare workers, social workers, politicians, law enforcement officers and many others.
There is still a lot more that can be done to help prevent human trafficking from taking place. Let’s start by raising awareness and build a community of people who will speak out against violence and exploitation.
Take care and stay vigilant everyone. May peace and friendship reign wherever we are.