Illegal job brokering on the rise here, says migrant worker group

TWC2 says more foreign workers turning to unlicensed agents here; MOM says it has ramped up enforcement

Migrant worker advocacy group Transient Workers Count Too estimated that there could be $232 million flowing into the hands of unlicensed job brokers in Singapore each year.
Migrant worker advocacy group Transient Workers Count Too estimated that there could be $232 million flowing into the hands of unlicensed job brokers in Singapore each year.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Bangladeshi construction worker Raju, 35, has come to Singapore six times to work, but he is none the richer for it.

Each time, he pays thousands of dollars to a broker to get a job. But he is always sent home before he can accumulate savings. "Eight years already, but my life result is zero," he told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2019, with the headline 'Illegal job brokering on the rise here, says group'. Print Edition | Subscribe