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The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) welcomed the recent arrest of two (2) Filipinos allegedly responsible for recruiting other Filipinos abroad.

With the help of the authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Gie Viterbo Rodeo and Gil Feraer Rodeo, were taken into custody on February 28, 2016 for estafa and immigration violations. Authorities in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region, said they are also investigating the two for their alleged involvement in human trafficking activities.

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The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) hailed the efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in protecting the welfare of Filipinos overseas, particularly in the Middle East. The Philippine Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq was instrumental in the rescue of maltreated Filipinos in Kurdistan, believed to be victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking.
IACAT cited the efforts made by Elmer G. Cato, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy, with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) which resulted to the rescue of twelve (12) Filipinas.

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) expressed its full support to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) after online articles emerged implying the act of its personnel seeking additional documents as a form of harassment against outbound passengers.

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) welcomed the signing of the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) as another milestone in fighting human trafficking. The agreement was signed by the ten (10) leaders of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which strengthened the commitment of the region in addressing modern-day slavery.

The Inter- Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) lauded the crucial role of IACAT’s 1343 Actionline that led to the successful rescue operation of two minors in Cubao, Quezon City last October 28, 2015.
IACAT Executive Director Darlene Pajarito hailed the successful rescue operation conducted by a composite team from IACAT. “This operation was exemplary in terms of collaboration among member-agencies of IACAT. We need to strengthen our commitment against child trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitations in the country,” Pajarito emphasized.