|In Singapore, Sex Business is Booming
…the US State Department downgraded Singapore in its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The report said some women from China, the Philippines and Thailand were tricked into coming to the city-state with promises of legitimate employment and then coerced into the sex trade after arrival.
Singapore authorities issued an indignant reply, saying their efforts to curb trafficking had not slackened and asking the US government to look at its own immigration record before commenting on other countries’ situations.
Local women’s rights activist Braema Mathi advocates protection of prostitutes in Singapore and closer regulation of the industry.
“All we want is for the women to be protected and not judge them for the work that they have decided to take on,” she told AFP.
“We believe that one of the better ways to protect women is to ensure that they work in licensed brothels, where there is a fee structure and condoms,” Mathi added.
“This way the women can be protected from exploitation and from succumbing to diseases.”
With a regulated sex industry, Singapore authorities can turn their attention to women forced into prostitution, she said.