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Plan Philippines conducts para-legal training on anti-trafficking in persons

By Teresita B. Cardenas

Catarman, Northern Samar (12 March) -- In order to provide deeper knowledge and understanding for participants in handling cases related to human trafficking, Plan Philippines conducted a Para-Legal Training on Anti Trafficking in Persons on March 11-12, 2010 at the Framer?s Training Center, University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar.

With its theme, "Kabataan Diri Ignegosyo, Likayi an Kapriso", the participants were equipped with relevant laws like RA 9280, RA 7610 as amended by RA 9231, IRR on Organ Trafficking, RA 8042, RA 6955, RA 8239, RA 8043, RA 8552, RA 9775 and Guidelines for the Protection of the Rights of Trafficked Children.

The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 or otherwise known as Republic Act 9280, enacted by the Philippine Legislature on May 12, 2003 is a special law and thus can be filed simultaneously with an offense falling under the Revised Penal Code and/or another special law.

Trafficking refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of persons with or without the victim?s consent or knowledge within the or across national borders by means of threat or use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation.

The training was attended by social workers, PNP,WCPD, MDT (multi-disciplinary team), PIA, MLGOO, partners both LGU & NGOs, Community Leaders and Anti Trafficking Task Force. (PIA Northern Samar) [top]

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