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Singapore Government Allots S$ 80,000 Fund To Enhance Anti-TIP Initiatives

The Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) announced the launch of a TIP Public Awareness Grant of about S$80,000, during a recent engagement with various stakeholders.

The Taskforce hopes that the grant will help pursue more public education initiatives that aim to raise public awareness of TIP crimes. With education and awareness, TIP incidents will be detected and reported earlier to authorities, the Taskforce said.

During the engagement session with NGOs, businesses, academia, and students, the Taskforce discussed the progress made so far in TIP crimes, its work progress since the launch of the National Plan of Action (NPA) in March 2012, and also the initiatives planned for 2013.

They also discussed two critical areas of interest on TIP crimes among the stakeholders. These discussions were focused on how public awareness can be raised and what are the ways to enhance the case referral process.

The session also provided an opportunity for stakeholders to clarify and provide feedback on the work done so far.There was an enthusiastic and passionate exchange of ideas among the participants on the two topics.

While most expressed their support for the Taskforce’s commitment towards fighting TIP, they also agreed that more can be done to raise public awareness of TIP across various groups, and there was a need to improve the case referral system.

Meanwhile, Singapore Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Divisional Director of Workplace Policy and Strategy Division, Alvin Lim announced the grant in his closing remarks at the engagement session. He said that Mr Lim said MOM recognises the importance of public education by individuals or organisations in the prevention of TIP. He added that the grant would push the collaborative efforts of the government to the next level in the fight against TIP crime, and the taskforce aims to encourage more of such efforts on the ground between various stakeholders.

The Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on TIP was established in 2010 in recognition of the threat of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in Singapore. It is co-chaired by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) andMOM. 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, coordinated strategies to combat TIP more effectively.