[20], In Northern Mindanao, however, the report of the Sub-Committee on Human Trafficking (SCHT) submitted to the Executive Committee of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council (RLECC), Region 10 states that lack of access to legal information, aid or protection tops the list of issues and problems in the implementation of Republic Act No. A six-year plan of action, the StratPlan shall serve as the roadmap or blueprint of all actions against trafficking in persons. Often referred to as modern-day slavery, human trafficking is the second largest – and fastest growing – criminal industry in the world. It enjoins local officials to promote and support activities for the protection and total development of children, particularly those below seven years of age, and adopt measures to prevent and eradicate drug abuse, child abuse, and juvenile delinquency. “Human trafficking is a horrific crime that devastates the lives of victims, and takes their freedoms,” he said in a release. [7], R.A. 9208 is only one of the laws which give protection to workers, children, and women, inter alia. 603 (The Child and Youth Welfare Code) permits the employment of children aged 16 years and below only if they perform light work, which is not harmful to their safety, health or normal development, and which is not prejudicial to their studies. 3. [25], Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral, Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking Forum stated on October 19, 2008, that "while Republic Act No. 4432. 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Twenty (20) of those arrested were foreign nationals: Australian (2); French (1); Japanese (7); Korean (3); Arab (2); Malaysian (1); Papua New Guinea (2); Singaporean (1); and Swiss (1). It institutes policies to eliminate and punish human trafficking, especially women and children, establishing the necessary institutional mechanisms for the protection and support of trafficked persons. However, government, through IACAT, cannot eliminate human trafficking without funding support. 969, amending P.D. 12, the "Anti Pornography Bill. trafficking in persons and for connected purposes [Act No. [5], Human trafficking and the prostitution of children are significant legal and moral issues in the Philippines, due to control and power of organized crime syndicates. Blancaflor, however, cited 11 convictions and 3 more cases submitted for decision under the law. at ang mga mapatutunayang protektor ng illegal na gawain na mapaparusahan rin sa ilalim ng naturang bagong batas. If intercourse with the use of protection is agreed up but then a condom is not used, then consent was ignored. The Anti-Trafficking Act provides the definition of human trafficking under Filipino law, which mirrors the UN Human Trafficking Protocol definition. “She was instructed to meet the agent at a fast food chain in the airport’s departure area. In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the Filipino women were bound for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Human trafficking is the same thing as human smuggling. Human trafficking, also called trafficking in persons, form of modern-day slavery involving the illegal transport of individuals by force or deception for the purpose of labour, sexual exploitation, or activities in which others benefit financially.Human trafficking is a global problem affecting people of all ages. 8042, Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, Republic Act No. accomplice o may partisipasyon upang maisagawa ang human trafficking. ang attempted trafficking na may labinlimang taon na pagkakakulong at may multang hindi bababa sa  kalahating milyong piso. [24], The Philippine government relied heavily on NGOs and international organizations to provide services to victims. Police in Australia are safe and can be trusted. R. A. Sec. [28], The Recovery Empowerment Networking and Employment for Women Foundation (RENEW), founded in 2005, has set up a prevention program in partnership with the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Oxford (UK) and Systems Plus College Foundation (Philippines). We each have a responsibility to fight against the violation and degradation of our brothers and sisters. Strict rules and regulations were issued on their rates of pay, hours of work and other conditions of employment. Against Trafficking in Women and Children for Commercial Sexual Exploitation (2000): Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Welfare (MOWCSW). Assistance and support pending determination by … 9208, was enacted in May 2003, "Sex industry assuming massive proportions in Southeast Asia", "Confronting Trafficking and Prostitution in Asia – The Struggle for Survival and Dignity, Making the Harm Visible, Global Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls, Speaking Out and Providing Services", http://www.unicef.org/media/files/ipulocaltrafficking.doc, childprotection.org.ph, Facts and Figures. The title of this act is 'Human Trafficking and Transportation (Control) Act, 2064. Republic Act 7160 (The Local Government Code of 1991) includes provisions for the proper development and welfare of children at the basic political level, the Barangay. 9208.[3]. Issuance of a directive to all prosecutors nationwide through Department Circular No. Enforcement powers in relation to ships. The use of sexualized images of children is considered a violation of the child’s rights. This law saves and protects many women and children from and against prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage, both domestic and overseas. The practice of human trafficking often includes an element of contravention of the right to freedom from slavery and forced labour. HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACT, 2005 AN ACT for the prevention, reduction and punishment of human trafficking, for the rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked persons and for related matters. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Human trafficking can be compared to a modern-day form of slavery. A significant number of Filipino men and women who migrate abroad for work are subjected to conditions of involuntary servitude in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Africa, North America, and Europe. This law protects children under 18 years from all forms of abuse, cruelty, and exploitation and prohibits child prostitution and child trafficking. 2005-06 – STRICT IMPLMENTATION OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. No information that would lead to the identity of the child or any member of his family shall be published or broadcast. Consent and Sex Trafficking “Consent,” is a word that is often misunderstood. In the recently released 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report, by the U.S. Department of State, the Philippines was removed from the watch list. 9344 (the Juvenile Justice Law) mandates that all records and proceedings involving children in conflict with the law from initial contact until final disposition of the case shall be considered privileged and confidential. It is modern-day slavery and victims rarely have a voice." Strengthen the public’s knowledge or understanding of human trafficking and the heinous practice of this crime. [4], The Vatican "Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People "People on the Move" (N° 96 Suppl., December 2004) reported that: "Poverty, unemployment, underemployment, landless poor and armed conflict combine to deny many children and their families in rural areas in the Philippines a secure future. In 2006, POEA conducted 1,000 pre-employment orientation seminars for more than 60,000 departing overseas Filipino workers. Human trafficking is a big deal. "[1], R.A. 9208 made the Philippines one of the few Asian countries in Asia that have enacted an anti-trafficking legislation. Timotea Barizo said. GABRIELA Representative Liza Maza reported that 400,000 migrants were being trafficked internally and another 800,000 externally. ecpat.org.nz ECPAT New Zealand | What's New! 2. The fight against human trafficking can be evaluated in three categories: what is being done, how it is being done and why it is being done. As complementary legislation, slavery and forced labor are also punished under Articles 272 and 274, Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, and Republic Act No. 442) set the minimum age of employment at 15 years and prohibited the employment of persons below 18 years of age in hazardous undertakings. Creation/Expansion of the Task Force on Trafficking in Persons in the Department composed of 14 prosecutors (not only 4 as indicated in the report) tasked to prosecute violations of RA 9208; 2. In smuggling cases, asylum seekers and immigrants pay people to help them enter the country illegally. Modern Slavery Act 2015 (c. 30) 8. Presidential Decree No. 9231 (19 December 2003 – An Act Providing for the Elimination of the WFCL and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child) – amends R.A. No. Republic Act 7610: Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. 9208, is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. Other government agencies, non-government organizations and other partners continuously undertake public information campaigns and capacity building activities for frontline service providers. A check of the passengers’ UAE visas showed that they were traveling to Dubai only as tourists and not as workers, she added. Human trafficking and slavery are against the law. If a person consents to one act, and a partner does something else and does not stop when told to cease, assault has occurred. The 1974 Labor Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. Cambodia against Child Trafficking (Cambodia ACTs) is a coalition of 16 NGOs, working to fight against child trafficking in 22 provinces and municipalities.. Cambodia ACTs was set-up in 2001. 442, "The Labor Code of the Philippines". Countries included under the said category are those whose governments do not fully comply with the standards of the US Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. [12] According to a report by the Consortium Against Trafficking of Children and Women for Sexual Exploitation (Catch-Wise), the Philippines is the 4th country with the most number of prostituted children,[13] and authorities identified increases in pedophiles travelling to the Philippines. It also examines some of the myths and mis-understandings around the definition. The government assisted victims by providing temporary residency status, relief from deportation, shelter, and access to legal, medical, and psychological services.[3]. Power of arrest and seizure. The Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act 7 of 2013 aims: to give effect to the Republic's obligations concerning the trafficking of persons in terms of international agreements; to provide for an offence of trafficking in persons and other offences associated with trafficking in persons; Human trafficking and human smuggling are distinct criminal activities, and the terms are not interchangeable. Definition of Terms - As used in this Act (a) Trafficking in Persons - refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or Recognize the signs that may indicate that a person is a potential trafficking victim. The international community praised the Philippines for its success in reducing the number of cases involving human rights violations (including the trafficking of women and children). [1], In America, the United States federal government severely punishes human trafficking both within its borders and beyond, making it, a federal crime under Title 18 of the United States Code. [Act No. “They did not know that these fraudulent papers could result in interception by our officers,” he added. The Act (What is done) Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons . The Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, which established the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Britain in 1787, campaigned for an end to the Transatlantic slave trade from Western Africa to the New World, which Britain dominated. From July 2004 to date, the PAIRTF reported that they have served 4,486 complainants for illegal recruitment and arrested 400 suspects and cases for illegal recruitment were filed against them. There is still so much to be done. Mostly foreigners are the big investors in the Philippine sex industry. If you or someone you know is in danger call the police on 000. The definition largely replicates the UN Protocol’s definition of trafficking, but omits any reference to forced labour. To an utter surprise, trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation doesn’t come under definition of aggravated form of trafficking. It involves the exploitation of people through force, coercion, threat, and deception and includes human rights abuses such as debt bondage, deprivation of liberty, and lack of control over freedom and labor.1. 9208, "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003", The Philippine IT Law Journal – Republic Act 9208, Presidential Decree No. It institutes policies to eliminate and punish human … 2. More than 30 per cent people rescued from such groups who engage in human trafficking were related to sexual exploitation. In March 2007, the Department of Labor and Employment opened the first reintegration center where returning overseas Filipino workers may seek services such as skills training, psycho-social counseling, and business development assistance. Section 2 This Act shall come into force after one hundred and twenty days from the date of its publication in the Government Gazette. On 6 June 2005 Department of Justice (Philippines) Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez issued the government's official statement on R.A. 9208 vis-a-vis the U.S. State Department Report. The children are used to sell souvenirs and trinkets along the beaches to the tourists, who then invite them to show them child porn videos and give them money to repeat the acts on them. These regulations range from what constitutes being dead, to what constitutes consent for organ donation, to national honors for organ donation (HRSA, n.d.). 3. “We advise aspiring OFWs not to fall prey to such schemes, and to always check and double-check their documents to ensure that everything is legal,” he added. [29], On September 15, 2004, the first hearing was held on escort services. [16][17] The International Labor Organization estimated that in 1993/94 there were nearly half a million prostitutes in the country. [11] The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported about 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines involved in prostitution. Sec. 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