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Two overstayers served their sentences, but how are they to survive?

September 15th, 2019|

Tanjong Katong Road. File picture, no intended connection to Mahendra's case. Mahendra (not his real name) had two children, five sisters and no income. From his friends in Kandy, Sri Lanka, he got the idea that jobs are plentiful in Singapore. So he bought a return airticket

Filing a salary claim, Murugesan didn’t know it triggered an investigation

September 7th, 2019|

Murugesan went to MOM to complain about unpaid salary. For months thereafter, he thought that the officer there would be helping to recover his owed wages. In fact, MOM was investigating something, but whatever it was, it didn’t necessarily include getting his wages back for him. TWC2 had to help him get his salary case back on track.

Salary Slip Survey 2018

September 3rd, 2019|

Although the law says itemised pay slips should be given to employees, 22.5% of foreign workers polled by TWC2 did not get them. Some pay slips were also deficient in detail. And a third of workers were still being paid in cash -- a mode of payment that is associated with salary underpayment and disputes.

$8,000 for the underground agent

August 31st, 2019|

Foreign workers are increasingly becoming illegal job agents, preying on fellow countrymen like Alamin wanting to come to Singapore. This underground activity puts Singapore's law and order reputation at risk.

Foreign workers’ lives of waiting

August 27th, 2019|

Two Bangladeshi workers tell us about waiting. Waiting to get overtime wages, waiting to get a claims settled through MOM. But waiting is not painless.

How do workers raise money to pay agents?

August 22nd, 2019|

Sharks prowl around the question of agent money By TWC2 volunteer Stefan, based on interviews in May 2019 As different as the backgrounds of the migrant workers coming to Singapore are, they all have one thing in common: everybody needs to pay agent fees for their

The outlaw ocean – human trafficking and other crimes, part 3

July 30th, 2019|

Ian Urbina, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, spent years researching the abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry. In the above video, he visits a detention centre in Indonesia where he meets with (mostly Vietnamese) men who had been detained when their fishing