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More legal protection for sex workers and foreign labourers?

To safeguard the vulnerable, tougher penalties were recently introduced against abusers of five categories of people. Experts and worker advocates see merit in the move and suggest additional areas for consideration.

Giving more protection to the vulnerable in Singapore is a welcome addition to the law, but harsher punishments for abusers alone may not be enough to ensure they are safe.

The Criminal Law Reform Bill was lauded by experts, Members of Parliament and social workers when it was passed in Parliament last month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2019, with the headline 'More legal protection for sex workers and foreign labourers?'. Print Edition | Subscribe