Singapore accedes to UN protocol to prevent and combat human trafficking

Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam.
Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Republic has acceded to a United Nations protocol to prevent and combat human trafficking.

Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam signed an instrument of accession to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (UN TIP Protocol).

This follows the enactment of the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act on March 1.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons said the accession to the UN TIP Protocol is a key deliverable of Singapore's National Plan of Action to combat human trafficking through prevention, prosecution, protection and partnership.

Mr Marvin Sim, Co-chair of the Taskforce and Senior Director, Joint Operations Group, Ministry of Home Affairs, said: "Accession to the UN TIP Protocol represents Singapore's commitment to combat all forms of trafficking in persons. This is an important step towards stronger cooperation with international law enforcement agencies in fighting this transnational crime."

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