Monday, December 24, 2012

Typhoons Bring Philippines to Expand Anti-Human Trafficking Laws

“Remember that traffickers target the most vulnerable sectors of society and this is the injustice that we must act against."
-Legarda, Chair of the Senate Subcommittee

Just yesterday, the Philippines expanded their laws on anti-human trafficking [
REPUBLIC ACT Number 9208].  This includes amendments to the anti-human trafficking bill to address high-risk victims, ensuring added protection for all trafficked victims.  The affects of typhoons have led to an increased vulnerability of women and children in these areas.  This has lead to an increase in human trafficking. The law also provides a list of acts that promote human trafficking.  The bill, just passed by Congress yesterday is currently awaiting the signature of President Benigno Aquino III.  

“We have seen the need to strengthen the existing law, and we have acted swiftly on it. But human trafficking, and the related problems of the illegal sex trade, forced labor and other forms of slavery, is a complex web. Battling it requires concerted effort from all sectors of society.  We also look forward to the immediate enactment of the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.” Legarda said in a statement issued on Friday.

Enactment of Standard Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, promoted by Sen.. Loren Legarda; PNP Chief Purisima, given the 4th Star Rank [December 23, 2012]

"It is important to realise that the changing climate will have its worst effects on the poorest of the poor, and nowhere is this clearer than in these reports of human traffickers prowling Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental," said Legarda, who also is chair of the Senate committee on climate change. 
"Men, women and children from marginalised and devastated communities are at high risk, and we must do everything in our power to stop these illegal operations once and for all," she added.
Legarda said the problem of human trafficking would only become more pronounced as Filipinos are left vulnerable as a result of disasters.
"We are now seeing the intersecting forces of natural hazards and human greed, and how they threaten those who are already marginalised. This is an issue of utmost importance,"

- Asia One

"More than the horizontal values, we need to inform them that there is going to be a better way of surviving."
-Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman

Sources: InquirerAsia OneLaw Phil

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Indra Laksuya said...

i agree with this, we need to expand the anti-human trafficking,lalo na ngayon na ang target nila ay mga victims of pablo.. salamat po dito Senator Loren!

Holly Heliputra said...

Naku maraming salamat po Loren at patuloy nyo pong pinoprotektahan ang mga kababayan natin lalo na ang mga nasalanatan ng bagyong pablo. Kasama nyo po ako sa pakikipaglaban sa human trafficking.

Georgia Greynaldson said...

Mabuti at inaasikaso ni Senator Loren Legarda ang bagay na yan,kawawa naman ang mga biktima ng pablo kung sila pa din ang mabibiktima ng human trafficking..malaking pasasalamat talaga kay Senator Legarda!!

Clara Turbay said...

its awesome!