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Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons

The Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons was established in 2010 to combat trafficking in persons (TIP) in Singapore. Find out more about the taskforce and its work.

What is trafficking in persons

TIP is a significant transnational crime which exploits vulnerable victims. As increasing numbers of people move across borders in search of economic opportunities, traffickers make use of such opportunities to exploit individuals with empty promises of a better life. Victims are typically deceived or coerced into providing sexual services, forced labour or have their organs removed.

Singapore is committed to combat human trafficking. Strict border control measures, tough laws and a well-documented workforce have continued to limit the opportunities for human trafficking syndicates from carrying out their activities and kept illegal border entries to a minimum.

The Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons

The Singapore Inter-Agency taskforce was established in 2010 and is co-led by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). It also includes representatives from other government agencies, namely:

  • Singapore Police Force (SPF)
  • Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
  • Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)
  • Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • Ministry of Law (MinLaw)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
  • Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC)

The aim of the taskforce is to implement holistic, coordinated strategies to combat TIP more effectively.

National Plan of Action (NPA) 2012 to 2015

Launched in March 2012, the NPA served as a roadmap to guide the taskforce in building its capabilities to deal with TIP in Singapore. It is centered around the “4 Ps” strategy of:

  • Prevention
  • Prosecution
  • Protection
  • Partnership

Over the past four years, the taskforce has reviewed and completed 31 initiatives under the NPA. Some of these initiatives include:

National Approach Against TIP

The National Approach sets out the key strategies and the desired outcomes to guide the taskforce and stakeholders when developing their work plans to combat TIP in the longer term. The National Approach was developed in consultation with various stakeholder groups such as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), academic institutions, business associations and faith-based organisations and members of the public.

The National Approach sets out four desired outcomes under the “4 Ps” framework:

Prevention A public that is aware of TIP crimes and actively takes steps to prevent, combat and suppress TIP. Government officials and stakeholders who are well-trained, competent and professional in identifying and dealing with TIP cases.
Prosecution An effective end-to-end criminal justice response to TIP crimes, involving comprehensive investigations and prosecution of all offenders who may be involved in trafficking or the exploitation of victims.
Protection An appropriate victim care and support framework that looks after the needs of all victims of trafficking.
Partnership A strong ecosystem comprising domestic and international stakeholders to put forth a whole-of-Singapore response against TIP.

Read about the National Approach.

TIP Public Awareness Grant

The TIP Public Awareness Grant is aimed at encouraging public education initiatives that would help raise awareness of TIP crimes, so that such incidents can be detected early and reported to the authorities.

Applications are now open from 3 to 31 January 2017.

If you’re interested, the taskforce would like to invite you to submit proposals that aim to increase public awareness on TIP, and shape public attitudes about their roles in combating TIP. You can refer to the application form for more details.

How to submit?

  1. Download and fill up the application form.
  2. Submit the original copy and supporting documents to:

    TIP Taskforce Secretariat
    Workplace Policy and Strategy Division
    Ministry of Manpower
    18 Havelock Road
    Level 6
    Singapore 059764

Reporting a suspected TIP case

You can report a suspected trafficking in persons case online.