By Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) Updated May 19, 2012 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - Fifty women victims of human trafficking were rescued in Zamboanga City yesterday, Vice President Jejomar Binay said.
In a hastily called press conference at the Office of the Vice President at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City, Binay said the victims were mostly minors and are residents of Makiri, Isabela City in Basilan.
Binay, chairman emeritus of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking and chairman of the Presidential Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment, said the victims were placed under the custody of the Visayan Forum and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
“I am happy to announce that around 11:30 a.m., the Task Force Against Human Trafficking rescued 50 young girls in Zamboanga City who are possibly victims of human trafficking,” Binay said.
He said all the victims were promised scholarship grants by their recruiter whose name was withheld.
He added that the recruiter told the victims that they would undergo an examination under the supervision of the National Youth Commission (NYC).
“But based on the investigation by the Task Force Against Human Trafficking, NYC commissioner Earl Saavedra confirmed that the NYC has not scheduled any examinations,” Binay said.
He said the victims’ recruiter, employed in the government, was arrested.
The recruiter will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Human Trafficking Act and RA 7610 or the Protection Against Child Abuse.
Binay lauded the Task Force Against Human Trafficking and the Visayan Forum, a non-government organization active in the campaign against human trafficking, for their role in the rescue of the victims and the arrest of the recruiter.
“This only shows the determination of the Aquino government in the campaign against human trafficking,” Binay said.
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These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:
Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.
Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.
Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.
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Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
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