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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.

$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.

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

How some employers cheat both the government and workers

June 25th, 2019|

In June a year ago, we wrote about the Everglory scam. It's not confined to Everglory Construction Pte Ltd but is in fact quite a common scam. Since the first cases emerged in early 2018, Transient Workers Count Too has seen a new case every few days. The