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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)

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 having their organs removed.

Singapore is committed to combatting human trafficking. Strict border control measures, tough laws and a well-documented workforce have continued to limit the opportunities for human trafficking syndicates in 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

During the four years under the NPA, the taskforce had reviewed and completed 31 initiatives. Some of these initiatives included:

National Approach Against TIP (2016 to 2026)

The National Approach Against TIP 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.

Singapore takes strong actions to prevent and deter TIP. The PHTA imposes heavy penalties on offenders and provides protection to victims. Apart from investigating and prosecuting trafficking cases under the PHTA, Singapore also adopts a proactive approach to detect and deal with cases that have the potential to become TIP cases. Under this framework, enforcement agencies like SPF and MOM conduct regular operations to detect and deter illegal activities that may be indicative of human trafficking, such as vice activities and illegal labour. Our pre-emptive enforcement stance has helped to keep the number of TIP cases low.

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 15 May 2024 to 15 July 2024.

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.

Reporting a suspected TIP case

You can report a suspected trafficking in persons case online.

Victim care and support

The TIP Taskforce may provide assistance such as:

  • Shelter
  • Medical care
  • Counselling
  • Translation services
  • Temporary employment opportunities if necessary