Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Cases of Investigation, Prosecution and Conviction Under PHTA by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law

Published: 05 February 2018



Mr Christopher De Souza: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs how many prosecutions, convictions and investigations have been carried out under the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act and under which categories of trafficking are these carried out.




1. Since the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act came into force on 1 March 2015, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) have received information on and investigated 166 cases of alleged trafficking. Eight were found to be substantiated.


2. Of the eight cases, five were sex trafficking cases and three were labour trafficking cases. Four of the sex trafficking cases have been concluded with four accused persons convicted.  The accused persons were sentenced to imprisonment ranging from 38 to 80 months and fined up to S$30,000. 


3. The remaining four cases are still undergoing court proceedings.


Trafficking in Persons
Law and order