Home Briefs: New plan to fight human trafficking

New plan to fight human trafficking

The Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) has launched a new national plan to combat human trafficking here.

Yesterday, the task force - which comprises agencies such as the Ministries of Home Affairs and Manpower, and the police - said it hopes to educate the public about TIP, prosecute TIP crimes, establish a victim care and support framework, and partner domestic and international organisations in its fight.

Mr Alvin Lim, co-chairman of the task force who is also the Manpower Ministry's director of workplace policy and strategy division, said the Government's efforts have kept TIP under control in Singapore, but the new plan would serve as a guide in the long term.

Maid jailed for forgery and stealing

A Filipino domestic worker forged her employer's signature on stolen cheques and stole $4,060 worth of jewellery from a safe box.

Mercyluna Misa Villajos, 34, was jailed for eight months yesterday after she admitted to two counts of forgery and one of stealing from her employer, Mr Chee Choe Yin, at his apartment in Cambridge Road.

Villajos found a key to her employer's safe box in his trouser pocket in November 2014 and kept it. She used it to open the safe box and stole eight rings and a gold necklace totalling $4,060.

In December that year, while Mr Chee was out, she took his United Overseas Bank cheque book left on the dining table and removed nine cheques. She wrote the amount of $1,250 on a cheque.

She also took Mr Chee's POSB cheque book from a drawer in the master bedroom. She removed four cheques and wrote the amount of $2,000 on one.

Both times, she forged Mr Chee's signature by referring to a separate document bearing his signature.

New bus service to serve Jurong school

To better serve the needs of Corporation Primary School pupils, a new bus service 181M will be introduced from March 21.

It will serve an additional bus stop along Jurong West Street 23, which is opposite the school.

Service 181M will operate only on weekdays during the school term, from 6.30am to 7.45am. Service 181 will not be in operation when Service 181M is in operation.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2016, with the headline 'HomeBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe