Marginalised groups also need protection from harassment

The advisory issued to employers on preventing and managing workplace harassment, and the call for them to take harassment seriously are generally welcomed ("Onus on employers' to fight harassment" and "Experts welcome anti-harassment guidelines"; both published yesterday).

The move has also received the appreciation from the Association of Women for Action and Research.

However, this measure needs to be extended more widely to cover all who work on a private basis, including sex workers, domestic workers and casual or migrant workers. I know of cases where sex workers are assaulted for refusing to engage in unprotected sex.

These are vulnerable, voiceless victims who need to be heard.

Yap Kim Hao (Rev Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2015, with the headline 'Marginalised groups also need protection from harassment'. Print Edition | Subscribe