Human Trafficking in the Philippines
In the movie Nefarious, a segment of the document presented the human trafficking situation in Southeast Asia. Cambodia was highlighted as a nation where human trafficking abounds because the parents sell their kids to prostitution so that the dads could drink all day and smoke all day. The Philippines was not mention in the documentary but the statistics in the Philippines are also alarming:
According to DSWD 2012 data, has victimized at least 1,376 individuals and in the earyl 2013, 645 cases have been reported. I wonder about all the unreported cases in our country. What is disturbing is that between 2005 to 2013 only 110 convictions for human trafficking related crimes in the Philippines.Human trafficking is an organized crime and can only be won through public awareness, spiritual battle and a determination to see this stop in our country.
The nation of Sweden has eradicated human trafficking when they implemented the law against human trafficking. There is a workable model out there – we just need to implement it.
To report human trafficking in the Philippines:
Trafficking is a nationwide threat and that Filipinos must act and report any information on human trafficking through the DSWD hotline number (02) 9319141 or the IACAT Action Line 1343.
In 2012, Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was enacted for a stronger anti-human trafficking measure, amending Republic Act 9208 or the “Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act.” One of the new provisions under RA 10364 is the disclosure of the identities and circumstances of human trafficking offenders.
The Philippines has been listed under Tier 2 of the 3-tier watchlist prepared by the US State Department. Tier 2 countries are “countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.”
Here is a link to have a quick overview of human trafficking in the Philippines.