Unlicensed job brokers rake in millions: Report

The report estimated that there could be $232 million flowing into the hands of unlicensed job brokers here each year.
The report estimated that there could be $232 million flowing into the hands of unlicensed job brokers here each year.PHOTO: ST FILE

The illegal job brokering industry in Singapore appears to be growing, said migrant worker advocacy group Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) in a report published today.

According to the report, there could be $232 million flowing into the hands of unlicensed job brokers - or "dalals" - here each year. In many cases, such illegal agents are foreign workers making money on the side through their contacts here.

The TWC2 report is based on a survey last month of 381 workers who were mostly Bangladeshi.

Responding, a spokesman said the Manpower Ministry has taken action against some 350 foreigners conducting unlicensed employment agent activities between 2016 and last year, from stern warnings to court prosecutions.

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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 'Unlicensed job brokers rake in millions: Report'. Print Edition | Subscribe