31 August 2006

Sexual Exploitation of Children

Contrary to popular belief, I do not blog about all important social issues in Singapore. Alas, my time is limited and sometimes there are too many topics in a given week that catch my eye.

The sexual exploitation of child prostitutes by Singaporeans was in the news a couple of months ago. I didn't blog about it then, so I'll try to make up for it by now. Child prostitution does not happen very much in Singapore itself, but the issue is with Singaporean men who travel to nearby countries such as Thailand and Indonesia to have sex with young children. Click here to see our government's current position on this matter.

June Lim is one of the speakers for the public forum mentioned below. She has asked me to help publicise it. 8th September; SCWO Center; 7:00 to 9:30 pm. More details below.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The letter dated 19 May 2005 claims "5. We expect to complete our review by the end of this year". Any idea where the review is today, Aug 2006, or has it been swept under the carpet?

Anonymous said...

Are you sure child prostitution doesnt happen much in Singapore? My understanding is that the age of consent is 16. So is a 16 year old or 17 year old a child? How many prostitutes from Burma, China, Thailand or elsewhere who are working in Singapore are acutally under 18 years old? Did they voluntarily decide to come here to ply their trade or were they forced into it by parents or the economic situation in their village? Should there be a distinction made between someone who is 16 and 18? If not, then what about 15 and 16? Would be interesting to find how the age of consent in Singapore compares with other countries.

John Riemann Soong said...

Actually the minimum age for Singapore is higher in regards to many things, such as smoking and voting.

The voting age is an outrageous 21.

klimmer said...

There was a tv program here in Japan about child prostitution in Asia some time last year.

According to them, the 2 biggest group of customers for child prostitutes are the Japanese, followed very closely by the Singaporeans.

Many of these children (boys and girls), who are as young as 6 or 7, are kept in misearble pens, sometimes chained to their beds to prevent them from running away.

Death to paedophiles.

Anonymous said...

In Western Australia, the age of consent is 18.