Case where girl, 13, recruited for sex casts spotlight on Singapore's efforts against human trafficking

SINGAPORE – The conviction of Jonathan Ching on Tuesday (May 25) under the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act (PHTA) cast a spotlight on the issue of human trafficking in Singapore – and how crimes that do not entail people being smuggled across the country’s borders can fall under this Act.

Ching, 25, recruited a 13-year-old girl here on Instagram in March 2018, promising her fast cash for performing sexual acts on another man, Mohammed Ayub P. N. Shahul Hameed, 30.

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