$80k boost against human trafficking

Armed police sailing towards a trafficking camp in Satun, southern Thailand.

A trio of initiatives, including one to develop a university-accredited module on human trafficking, have been given a boost totalling $80,000 by the Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP).

The winning proposals came from the Singapore Committee of UN Women, a United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women; EmancipAsia, a Singapore-based non-profit against human trafficking; and Dr Sallie Yea of the National Institute of Education.

This is the second year the task force has awarded such grants to encourage community stakeholders to raise public awareness about human trafficking. A total of six proposals were evaluated and three were chosen.

UN Women plans to run a one-year campaign promoting ethical practices among companies here. EmancipAsia founder Sylvia Lee, who first came up with the idea of using art to raise awareness about trafficking in another proposal last year, will continue using photography and film this time around. Dr Yea will develop a university-accredited module on human trafficking at NIE for trainee teachers.

Said Mr Alvin Lim, co-chair of TIP and the Manpower Ministry's divisional director of workplace policy and strategy: "It is important that we continue to reach out to a wider audience about human trafficking and increase awareness of this issue."


This article was first published on July 18, 2014. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.