The Philippines garnered top spot in the 2014 edition of the Global Slavery Index, ranking it among countries “making comparatively strong efforts with limited resources” in the campaign against human trafficking.
The second edition of the index ranked the country number one in Asia, number three in Asia-Pacific and number 29 globally, out of 167 countries, in terms of government’s efforts and programs, especially on the response of the criminal justice system against human trafficking.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima has requested the heads of the different member agencies of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), the government’s central body mandated to combat human trafficking, urging them to plan and implement an advocacy campaign to discourage Filipino migrant workers from travelling to Syria.
“We hope to undertake this by familiarizing Filipino migrant workers with the modus operandi of the traffickers and alerting of the imminent risks that they may face due to the political instability in the said destination country,” De Lima said
The Philippine Government expressed solidarity and has committed to an all-out campaign against sexual child abuse online, a global malady which is now considered as one of the biggest crimes in the world.
Upon the invitation of EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström and US Attorney General Eric Holder, fifty-four (54) member states, represented by their respective Attorney Generals and Justice Secretaries, gathered in Washington, D.C. for the second Minister’s Conference of the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) warned job seekers from considering Syria as their place of work destination due to the increasing lawless violence in the war-torn country.
Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar, who recently re-assumed his position as undersecretary in-charge of IACAT, expressed concern over the high number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Syria despite the existing deployment ban imposed by the Philippine government and the hazards of working in a war zone where lawlessness is rampant. Salazar went on a one year study leave to finish his master's degree in public administration at the Harvard University.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima lauded the country’s anti-human trafficking team for making the country among the leaders in the region in combatting the menace of modern day slavery.
The Philippines has retained its Tier 2 ranking in the 2014 Global Trafficking in Persons (GTIP) Report issued by the United States’ Department of State Secretary John F. Kerry last Friday June 20, 2014. Tier 2 countries are those which do not fully comply with the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), but are making significant efforts to do so.
The government has scored another conviction in the long drawn battle against human trafficking bringing to 8 the number of conviction for the first 5 months of the year 2014.
Manila Regional Trial Court (MRTC) Judge Jose Lorenzo Dela Rosa sentenced Christopher Pangilinan for peddling minors for sexual exploitation and was meted the maximum penalties for violating provisions of Republic Act 9208 as amended by Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.