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Singapore responds to US human trafficking report
The Singapore government has issued a detailed response to the US State Department's Trafficking In Persons Report 2010, according to Channel News Asia.
The document was conveyed by Singapore's Ambassador in Washington D.C., Chan Heng Chee, at her meetings with Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
The report alleged that Singapore is a destination for women subjected to trafficking in persons and that the Singapore government demonstrated limited law enforcement efforts to combat trafficking in persons during the year.
In its response, Singapore says it has a comprehensive three-pronged approach of prevention, prosecution and victim assistance which the US has chosen to ignore.
This framework has proven to be a "effective deterrent" in the trafficking of persons to Singapore and this is borne out by the extremely low number of substantiated cases.
The report said that some foreign embassies here told the US reporting team that they had identified 105 female sex trafficking victims.
However, Singapore says that the police received only three reports of alleged trafficking from foreign embassies during the period under review.
Singapore added that it has a very strict immigration regime and its tough enforcement actions and security checks detect and deter the movement of illegal immigrants in and out of Singapore.
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