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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.

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OFW Watch, a mobile app developed by former domestic worker Myrna Padilla to protect overseas Filipinos from human trafficking, now has more than 100,000 members

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TECH SAVVY. Former OFW Myrna Padilla has developed a mobile app to help protect OFWs from human trafficking. Photo by IACAT

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4htraffickingImmigration agents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) have rescued four women being sneaked out of the country, allegedly by employees of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday.

De Lima, chair of Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT), said the four passengers bound for Lebanon and Jordan were intercepted last Saturday while attempting to pass through immigration counters using special passes reportedly provided by a certain Analy Soriano.

 

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Cuisia Vows Help For 500+ Victims


1 BannerWASHINGTON -- Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr. is urging at least 500 undocumented Filipino teachers in the United States, who were victimized by illegal recruiters, to step out of the shadows so they could be assisted in securing immigration relief and testify in going after the recruiters.

“Our teachers need not be afraid. We are here to help,” Cuisia assured the teachers, many of whom have fallen out of status because they failed to land the promised teaching positions.

The ambassador also assured 25 trafficked Filipino teachers who called on him at the embassy on Wednesday that authorities in the Philippines will continue to seek justice for them by going after the guilty parties.

One of the recruiters, Isidro Rodriguez, is believed to have gone into hiding to avoid multiple cases of illegal recruitment, alien smuggling, visa fraud and human trafficking filed against him in the Philippines and the U.S.

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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. Undersecretary of Justice, Jose Vicente B. Salazar, who also heads the Philippines' Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), represented Secretary Leila M. de Lima in the said conference.  

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The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) through its Advocacy and Communications Committee (ADVOCOM) and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) recently launched the mobile application of the 1343 Actionline against Human Trafficking. The Quantum X, the company behind www.workabroad.ph, and the CFO developed this mobile app with the shared goals of fostering legal and safe migration and overseas employment; and eliminate human trafficking.

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