SINGAPORE - Recognising that TIP is a serious transnational crime, Singapore hosted a three-day workshop organised to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute TIP and child exploitation cases, as well as to care for the TIP victims.
The inaugural three-day Trafficking in Persons Workshop (TIP) was jointly organised by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Direction de la Cooperation Internationale (DCI) of the French Embassy in Singapore and took place here from October 8 to10.
The workshop, held at the Police Cantonment Complex, was officially opened by the Ambassador of France to Singapore, His Excellency Mr Benjamin Dubertret, and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations and Intelligence) concurrent Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Mr Hoong Wee Teck.
The workshop brought together more than 50 officers from various overseas and local agencies. These included trainers from the Central Unit for Minors Protection of the French Judicial Police, the Minors Protection Unit of Paris and the Attorney-General's Chambers of Singapore.
There were also participants from various divisions from SPF and member agencies of the Singapore's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Inter-Agency Taskforce, including the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.
In addition, there were representatives from ASEAN law enforcement agencies from Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Brunei.
Aimed at enhancing the capabilities of the regional law enforcement agencies to monitor and combat TIP, the participants shared their expert opinions and different perspectives on the challenges in dealing with TIP.
During the three-day workshop, the trainers from France shared their TIP detection and investigation strategies, victim assistance programmes and case studies. The trainers also gave an overview of the French judicial system of dealing with TIP cases.
In addition, senior prosecutors from Singapore's Attorney-General's Chambers shared on the prosecutorial methodology for TIP cases in Singapore, while ASEAN law enforcement representatives also shared their insights on TIP issues in their countries.
Beyond learning about best practices and techniques, this workshop served as a platform to build networks with experts in this field from around the world.
Co-Chair of the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons Mr Ng Yeow Boon, who delivered the keynote address at the workshop, said, "This workshop is a key milestone in Singapore's TIP work where officials from Singapore and our international counterparts can gather to exchange ideas and learn from one another. This underscores the point that TIP is very much a transnational problem and requires a global solution."