Singapore will take a more victim-centric approach to investigations involving trafficked persons, as part of the National Plan of Action to combat human trafficking launched on Wednesday.

The plan signals the Singapore’s commitment toward fighting human trafficking in a more strategic and holistic way, said Minister of State for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin, who launched the plan at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

The plan, put together by an inter-agency taskforce formed in 2010, comprises 31 initiatives grouped broadly under the categories of Prevention, Prosecution, Protection and Partnership.

Mr Tan added that while the Government has heard strong calls from non-governmental organisations to speed up initiatives such as accession to the Palermo Protocol, a United Nations treaty on human trafficking, Singapore may need a bit more time.  –