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A life turned around

The New Paper | Tan Tam Mei | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Today, Mr Jeremiah Tan Siak Meng, has turned his life completely around, the 60-year-old now works in a bak kut teh (pork rib soup) stall.

SINGAPORE - He used to procure girls for prostitution rings in places like Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Today, Mr Jeremiah Tan Siak Meng, has turned his life completely around.

The 60-year-old now works in a bak kut teh (pork rib soup) stall.

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh has two outlets here and most of their employees are ex-offenders determined never to return to their old lives. (See report below)

One of them is Mr Tan, who spent a total of 14 years in jail for offences related to human trafficking, and selling and making forged documents.

He considers himself a changed man after being released in 2009 and is an active member at his church, where he helps to serve refreshments at services every weekend.

In the past, he earned at least $30,000 a day from his illegal activities. These days, his job as a cashier at the food outlet makes him about $1,000 a month.

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Mr Tan says he is a lot happier now.

"Now, as long as I take care of everyday expenses, I'm happy," he said.

"I used to be a rascal; I did everything except drugs. Smuggling girls and making fake ICs were my profession."

It was his last seven-year stint in jail that turned his life around.

Mr Tan said that in 2003, while he was serving time, a group of Christian inmates invited him to a gathering where they sang together and prayed for him. He was suffering from depression at that time and had to take medication for it.

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