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Description: Singapore

CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Singapore.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated, misleading or even false.   No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



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Girls offer sex to earn pocket money

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 18 July 2011]

Increasing numbers of young girls in Singapore are offering sex for sale on Internet chatrooms, shrugging the transaction off without any remorse or fear of AIDS. Although the situation here is less dire than in Japan, counsellors and social workers cite cases of girls as young as 13 having no qualms over paid sex to obtain pocket money. They blame the nonchalant attitude on neglectful parents, the lack of stigma on losing one's virginity, the pervasive message of one-night stands on television and advertisements that encourage instant gratification.


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ECPAT Country Monitoring Report [PDF]

Alessia Altamura, ECPAT International, 2011

[accessed 7 September 2020]

Desk review of existing information on the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in Singapore. The report looks at protection mechanisms, responses, preventive measures, child and youth participation in fighting SEC, and makes recommendations for action against SEC.

Human Rights Reports » 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 10, 2020

[accessed 7 September 2020]

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - The law criminalizes human trafficking, including child sex trafficking, and authorities enforced the law.

The age of consent for noncommercial sex is 16 years. Sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16 is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison, a fine, or both, and if the victim is 14 or younger punishable by as long as 20 years in prison and a fine or caning.

Authorities may detain (but generally do not prosecute) persons younger than 18 whom they believe to be engaged in prostitution. They prosecute those who organize or profit from prostitution, bring women or girls to the country for prostitution, or coerce or deceive women or girls into prostitution. The law is ambiguous regarding employment of persons ages 16 to 18 in the production of pornography.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 3 October 2003

[accessed 8 March 2011]

[14] The Committee notes with appreciation the considerable proportion of the national budget devoted to health and education.  Yet, it is concerned that resources allocated for social services for children are insufficient to respond to national and local priorities for the protection and promotion of children’s rights and are not commensurate with budgetary allocations of other States at a similar level of economic development.

[46] The Committee notes that the State party has not ratified the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

tough to castrate child sex tourism

Charles Tan, Singapore News, May 10, 2006

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 18 July 2011]

Laws against child prostitution are easy to legislate but difficult to implement

What of Singapore? It has been accused by non-governmental organisations of closing its eyes to Singaporeans visiting Batam where there are many underage sex workers. Currently, there is no law to prosecute those involved in child sex overseas, although the act is strictly prohibited by domestic law.

Singapore To Criminalize Paid U-18 Sex

Reuters, Singapore, October 04, 2005

[accessed 18 July 2011]

Anyone caught paying for sex with girls under 18 years of age in Singapore could be fined or jailed under proposed new laws.  Under current laws, offenders face a jail term of up to five years and fines of S$10,000 ($5,910) if they have sex with those under 16.  Prostitution is legal in Singapore but soliciting is not. The government authorizes the operation of brothels in red-light districts and does not criminalize the prostitution of 16- and 17- year-old minors.

Sex Tourism


At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 18 July 2011]

CHILD PROSTITUTION - Several countries have severe laws making sex with children a serious offense if practiced abroad (even if it is not forbidden by the laws of the foreign country).  Singapore has no such laws despite being adjacent to the sex tourism destination of Batam in Indonesia.


National Committee for UNIFEM, Singapore:: UN Development Fund for Women, 28 February, 2005

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 18 July 2011]

They are hoping to raise money to place the posters/postcards at strategic locations all over Singapore to educate men (including sex tourists) that are involved in child prostitution in places as close as Batam. They also aim to get the public who know people who engage in child prostitution to make a report, and to raise awareness among families and communities about these children who are mostly from developing countries around the region.

Thai families partners in child sex trade - Border area's products are drugs and daughters

Andrew Perrin, San Francisco Chronicle, Mae Sai, Thailand, February 6, 2002

[accessed 16 August 2012]

The agents also approach the thousands of girls from Burma, Laos and southern provinces of China who cross the border annually. Many wind up working as prostitutes in Singapore, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.

Indonesia's Shameful Export

Devi Asmarani, The Straits Times, 8 June 2004

[accessed 18 July 2011]

The UNICEF says as many as 70,000 Indonesian children have been sold across the country's borders as sex commodities. They are employed in countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.




Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 11 February 2020]

CHILDREN - Some child prostitution occurred. In 2004, 35 of the more than 5,239 foreign women arrested for prostitution were believed to be under the age of 18. Sexual intercourse with girls under the age of 16 is illegal, but there is no legal prohibition on commercial sex with "consenting" partners ages 16 and 17. The authorities have the power to detain persons under the age of 21 who are believed to be engaged in prostitution, as well as to prosecute those who organize or profit from prostitution, who bring women or girls to the country for prostitution, or who coerce or deceive women or girls into prostitution.

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