PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Calapan City supports the Anti-human trafficking campaignby Louie T. Cueto
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, Jan. 10 (PIA) -- The campaign against human trafficking requires the full participation and cooperation of the public, stressed the legal counsel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development during a recent forum at the Capitol Square in this city.
Atty. Eric Henry Joseph Mallonga came here to explain the provisions of Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Human Trafficking Act. The primary target of human traffickers are mostly women and minors, he noted.
He explained that human trafficking starts from illegal recruitment to transporting the victims even without reasons or payment. The victims are then sold as slaves, entertainers or organ donors.
RA 208 aims to protect people especially women and children who could be possible victims of prostitution, forced labor or even slavery in order to pay their debts.
In Calapan City, Anti-Human Trafficking act will be strengthened this year thru continuing advocacies and formation of special bodies like the City Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking (CIACAT), and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).
During the forum, the participants pledged to support the newly formed committee and its advocacy to fight human trafficking. (CGC-CIO/Louie T. Cueto)