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SINGAPORE — A person may agree to work here as a waiter, only to be forced into becoming a sex worker, with little recourse for justice. These individuals — and those forced into other kinds of labour — could be protected under the proposed Bill against human trafficking, said Member of Parliament Christopher de Souza yesterday, as he outlined some aspects of the Bill, which he hopes to table in Parliament in November. Speaking ahead of a public consultation session for the proposed Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill, Mr de Souza noted that such cases of deception across all types of human trafficking offences would be covered under the Bill. Perpetrators will be taken to task accordingly upon investigation. “(The Bill) is wide enough to cover a situation where, if a lady gives her consent to a situation of wanting to be a waitress ... and is deceived and forced to carry out sexual services ... that would be caught by the Act, because she did not consent to that exploitation,” he said. Mr de Souza is working with the Singapore Inter-Agency Taskforce on Trafficking in Persons to draft legislation to better protect human trafficking victims. A total of four public and private consultation sessions were held, including the final one yesterday. A common theme that emerged from views gathered from more than 200 individuals — which included activists, academics and students — was compassion and protection for the innocent. Participants felt that all parties involved in the human trafficking process should be prosecuted, while others suggested that consent supposedly given by victims for labour should be investigated further. Many agreed that the Bill should be gender neutral and pointed out the need for heavy penalties that are commensurate with the severity of offences. They also asked for a lower threshold of proof in cases involving child victims and proposed that definitions and terms of trafficking be nuanced to suit the local context. Participants also suggested support for victims, such as provision of shelter, counselling, identity protection during trial and immunity from prosecution in deserving cases. Mr de Souza agreed with the view that there should be enhanced support for victims during the prosecutorial process, adding that he was seriously exploring guidelines to provide rehabilitation for victims during the investigation process. On why such provisions should be introduced as guidelines rather than laws, Mr de Souza said this would give ground officers the flexibility to assist victims appropriately. He added that investigations could span up to more than a year and urged caution in providing a slew of rights before a victim’s case is proven. Also floated by participants was whether forceful exploitation could come under the Bill or be better supported by existing legislation such as the Women’s Charter. He said: “ The motivation of the Bill is to protect and proffer compassion to helpless victims, but it is also about deterring trafficking syndicates and trans-shipment through Singapore. We need to do both.”
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) â€" A Utah woman accused of killing several babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered seven tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Neighbors in the middle-class neighborhood of mostly older homes 35 miles south of Salt Lake City say they were shocked by the accusations and perplexed that the woman's older children still living in the home didn't know their mother was pregnant or notice anything suspicious. Officers responded to a call Saturday from Huntsman's estranged husband about a dead infant at the home, police Capt. Michael Roberts said. Family and neighbors identified the estranged husband as Darren West, who has been in prison on drug-related charges. The babies' bodies were sent to the Utah medical examiner's office for tests, including one to determine the cause of death. Police say West was cleaning out the garage when he made the grisly discovery at the house owned by his parents in a city of about 35,000 people at the foot of snow-capped mountains. Several police cars blocked the entrance to the house Sunday evening as officers milled about with the belongings from the garage strewn across the front lawn. The family members seemed like nice people and good neighbors, said Aaron and Kathie Hawker, who live next door. Huntsman moved out several years ago, leaving her three daughters, one teenager and two young adults, to live alone, the Hawkers said.
Colin Kaepernick , the young San Francisco 49ers quarterback who guided the team to the Super Bowl and a conference championship game during his first two seasons, is under investigation by Miami police for possible sexual misconduct last week at a hotel, the Miami Herald reported.
American Samoa's anti-human trafficking law will take effect in June, after the acting governor, Lemanu Peleti Mauga, signed into law last Friday legislation that criminalizes human trafficking and involuntary servitude.
Nearly one in five American women reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives. Recent clashes about the term rape culture highlight the roles of systems, attitudes, and resources in preventing the crime and undoing the criminal.