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Saturday, June 9 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Xyza Cruz Bacani: Singapore Runaways

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Singapore is a prosperous country in Asia and migrant workers have played an important role in its success, but at what cost? Hidden behind a shelter in Singapore are hundreds of distressed migrant workers of different nationalities waiting for their cases to be heard and hoping to move on. These people are victims of human labor trafficking, emotional, psychological and physical abuses.

Women are most vulnerable to these types of abuses, but even male migrant workers are subject to exploitation. Migrant workers from China, Bangladesh, India and other Asian countries go to Singapore to work as construction workers with little protection from local labor laws.

When the article was published, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore said that “Singapore authorities take strong action against employers who do not comply with the law in their management of migrant workers”. She noted that nine in 10 foreign workers reported that they were satisfied with working in Singapore, according to a survey published in 2014 but for hundreds of these migrants, it’s far from reality.
Singapore Runaway’s is part of my global project Modern Slavery about the intersections of migration and human rights. This project is supported by Pulitzer Center.

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Xyza Cruz Bacani

Xyza is a Filipina Photographer based in Hong Kong who uses her work to raise awareness about under-reported stories. Having worked as a second-generation domestic worker in Hong Kong for almost a decade, she is particularly interested in the intersection of labor migration and human... Read More →

Saturday June 9, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am EDT
Nitze Kenney Herter Auditorium John Hopkins SAIS