Martes, Pebrero 28, 2012

IACAT rescues 22 women and minors from human trafficking

QUEZON CITY, Feb 27 (PIA) -- The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) led a rescue mission that saved 22 women including several minors bound for the Middle East during an operation against human trafficking Monday. 

In a news release, Vice President Jejomay Binay also the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Concerns and concurrent Chairman Emeritus of the IACAT said two of those rescued were due to fly tomorrow from Manila to Cebu then onwards to Dubai where their final destination will be known.

The rescue mission was led by the Office of the Vice President, the National Bureau of Investigation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Division, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and non-government organizations Blas F. Ople Center and the Visayan Forum Foundation.

The NBI conducted surveillance operations on a bungalow located inside the Villanueva Village in Paranaque City following a tip received by the Ople Center from one of the job applicants.

Binay called on the public and local governments to work with IACAT to report suspicious activities to help ferret out the hiding places of the said syndicates.

The Vice President also warned the recruitment agencies not to take advantage of those desperate to gain employment abroad. (OVP/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)


- The Philippines is one of the  leading sources of migrant workers worldwide.
- Labor migration practice since the 1970s was originally a stop gap policy.
- Today, this practice implies that there is an entire generation of young people born into the culture of migration.
- Willingness to take any risk has been ingrained in the Filipino psyche, especially the young people, who are also the most vulnerable.


One of the most profitable illegal industries in the world, next to drugs & guns: global profits estimated at $32B –UNODC
1.2 million children are being trafficked annually on a world-wide scale –ILO & UNICEF
300,000 to 400,000 Filipino women & 60,000 to 100,000 Filipino children are being trafficked annually –US DOS Human Rights Report 2006
161 countries affected by trafficking, with roughly 4 to 27 million victims worldwide –US DOS TIP Report 2007 & UNODC 2006
The most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation; second is forced labourUNODC 2009

VF-TFLF Stop Trafficking and Exploitation of People through Unlimited Potentials: VF-TFLF Stop Trafficking and Exploitation of Peopl...

The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons
By means of threat, use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or the giving or receiving of payments to achieve the consent of a person
For the purpose of exploitation: includes prostitution & other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs

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