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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012


PNP-12 wages war against human trafficking

by CT Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 3 (PIA)-- The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 here has waged war against human trafficking in the light of reported increase in the number of victims in the Philippines.

CSupt. Benjardi Mantele, PRO 12 regional director urged the public to help the government in the fight against trafficking stressing it is everyone’s responsibility.

“Tayo ay magtulungan upang masugpo natin ang human trafficking dito sa ating rehiyon!” the Police Regional Public Information Office quoted Mantele as saying.

According to Commission in Filipino Overseas, as of February 2011, there are 976 cases filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ); 930 involved trafficking for sexual exploitation, 1 for organ trafficking, and 45 for labor trafficking.

Recently, PRO-12 spearheaded the distribution of educational materials on Human Trafficking, Children In Conflict with the Law (CICL), and the Rights of Women.

Mantele also hailed the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) officers for the job well done in handling cases involving women and children.

He said the WCPD officers are very active in doing counseling, disseminating and even educating troubled women and children in its area of responsibility.

According to Mantele, the police will continue to “conduct more information drive and lectures in schools, with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other institutions that need it.

“We shall continue our efforts to raise awareness and prevent trafficking in persons. Let us further boost government’s drive against such criminal offenses,” he stressed.

With no let up, the Philippine government thru the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) has continuously doubled its efforts to combat human trafficking, drug courier and other illegal activities that violate the rights and dignity of women and children.

Various laws have been enacted and implemented to support all advocacies for the protection and upholding of human rights especially in preventing all forms of domestic violence and abuses. (CTA/PIA General Santos City)

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