“They trust us, they love us, and they are ready to do everything we tell them to do… That’s why we call it pig-butchering.”

These were the chilling words of a human trafficking survivor who was forced to scam and explained to us how they were taught to scam Singaporeans.

Sadly, they were extremely successful: More than $661 million was lost to scammers in 2022. To better understand how scam cases continue to rise, we worked with Singtel and met an ex-scammer, a scam victim, and an expert.

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