Sunday, January 27, 2013

Zamboanga City, Philippines: 86 Human Trafficking Victims Rescued

  • Cartoon Title: Labor Trafficking
  • Keywords: Philippines Today, Labor Trafficking
  • Caption: A cartoon for the January 16, 2013 edition of the Philippines Today on labor traffficking and the problems of exploitation

Thursday, January 10th, 2013, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCD) received information that two vessels headed for Sabah, Malaysia were carrying suspected victims of human trafficking.  

Each of the victims were promised work and transportation to Sabah, Malaysia in exchange for Php 2,500 pesos.  50 victims of human trafficking were rescued from the first vessel during a pre-departure inspection and 36 victims were rescued in the follow-up operation.  Each of the 86 victims were brought to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Processing Center for Displacement in Zamboanga City.

Do you know the difference between human trafficking and human smuggling?  Human trafficking centers on the exploitation of the trade, while smuggling centers on the transportation.  Each one of these 86 victims were promised work and transportation, but they did not know that they were entering into a human trafficking ring.  If the 86 people had made it to Sabah, Malaysia, they would not have been treated equally as workers.  Instead, these 86 people would have been caught in a slave trade where their only option back to a life of freedom would have been a dangerous escape.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery.  
Without the efforts of the PCD, these victims at this very moment would have been trapped in the terror of modern-day slavery.  How will you promt your government to support human trafficking rescue and awareness?

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Ivana Džidić said...

great news!

La borsa di Mary Poppins said...

beautiful post!!!:)

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S said...

Really useful post!
Thanx for sgare!

valeriesummers said...

this is a good example of citizen journalism. i found another site for social media network.