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Legarda calls, quizzes gov't anti-trafficking hotline at DOJ budget hearing

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Because of the good answers of the call center agent, Senator Loren Legarda vows to increase the budget of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking

CALL. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. to provide $3.5 million to help PH combat child trafficking

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Under the agreement signed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and US Chargé d Affaires Michael Klecheski NGOs will have their share of the fund

ANTI-CHILD TRAFFICKING. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and US Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski sign the child protection compact (CPC) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

News Briefs: March 8, 2017

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday March 8

DSWD cited for anti-human trafficking campaign

Sep 02, 2016 - 6:06 PM

From 2011 to June 2016 the agency has served about 9 400 victims

ANTI-HUIMAN TRAFFICKING. DSWD is recognized for its Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP), which provides a comprehensive package of services ranging from reporting to rehabilitation. Photo courtesy of DSWD

How to report cases of human trafficking

Dec 28, 2015 - 4:42 PM

The deception illegal transfer and abuse of Filipinos simply looking for better opportunities in the city and abroad are realities that we cannot ignore

NATIONWIDE THREAT. The promise of better jobs via illegal recruitment usually lures victims of human trafficking. Rappler file image.

US to PH: Punish officials linked to human trafficking

Jul 28, 2015 - 10:03 AM

The Philippines remains under the Tier 2 ranking of the US Trafficking in Persons TIP report – it does not fully comply with minimum standards to eliminate trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so

GLOBAL SCOURGE. A Palace official says the Philippines is doing its part to curb human trafficking despite a US report challenging the government to do so. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Generic Image from Shutterstock

DFA: 3 challenges in protecting female domestic workers

May 12, 2015 - 9:07 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs DFA says the presence of [Filipino] domestic workers in household all over the world could be considered a liberating force

PAO wasting resources on Mary Jane's recruiters?

May 08, 2015 - 6:41 PM

Lawyer Edre Olalia on Friday May 8 questions how the alleged traffickers of Filipino on death row Mary Jane Veloso can be considered indigents qualified for PAO representation

Sergio's counsel denies she admitted being part of drug trade

May 07, 2015 - 11:59 PM

Public Attorney s Office PAO chief Acosta regards as trial by publicity the justice department s disclosure of details of an alleged confession by her client Maria Cristina Sergio

DOJ: Sergio was part of int'l drug ring

May 07, 2015 - 8:48 PM

UPDATED Public Attorney s Office chief Persida Rueda Acosta who acts as Maria Cristina Sergio s counsel says any supposed confession made by Sergio is null and void

How to report suspected cases of human trafficking

May 07, 2015 - 5:57 PM

Some airport personnel also help illegal recruiters by providing them with their company IDs allowing the departing victims to enter the airport s restricted areas

DOJ okays illegal recruitment case vs Mary Jane's recruiters

May 07, 2015 - 4:47 PM

UPDATED The justice department finds probable cause to indict Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao of illegal recruitment

Desire to work abroad exploited by human traffickers

May 07, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Migrant workers rights advocate Susan Toots Ople explains that human trafficking almost always starts with illegal recruitment – the promise of overseas employment

Mary Jane Veloso recruiters were once drug mules – DOJ

May 06, 2015 - 8:23 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says 10 other alleged victims have surfaced against Maria Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao

Human trafficking convictions: How has government fared?

May 06, 2015 - 6:11 PM

Human trafficking convictions increase under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III but the number of convictions remained low compared to the size of the problem

Illegal recruiters are fast 'for all the wrong reasons' – POEA

May 04, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Illegal recruiters will only come in with the travel component And as we all know a plane ticket will not provide protection to an OFW

POEA to recruiters: Use 'electronic systems' in hiring OFWs

May 04, 2015 - 3:36 PM

Licensed recruiters have to re infuse capital and get ahead of the game says POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac

POEA stresses links of illegal recruiters with drug syndicates

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Senators Cynthia Villar and Nancy Binay also urges budget increase for legal assistance to OFWs

The race to save Mary Jane Veloso from death

Apr 25, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Despite the filing of the second appeal for judicial review the execution of convicted drug courier Mary Jane Veloso may still push through

DOJ wants action plan vs trafficking to strife-torn Syria

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:10 PM

Reports reach the justice department that underground migration is happening with Filipinos wanting to get househelp work falling prey to the hands of syndicates

Former HK domestic worker develops app for OFWs

Oct 25, 2014 - 7:19 PM

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

PH, US intensify post-Haiyan anti-trafficking effort

Oct 21, 2014 - 8:33 AM

A US funded two year anti trafficking program is lauded by Filipino government officials and is seen as a crucial part of the US efforts to strengthen diplomatic ties with the Philippines

IOM to launch anti-human trafficking initiative with US State Department

Oct 16, 2014 - 5:53 PM

An initiative against human trafficking will be launched on October 20 in Tacloban City

Using technology to end child trafficking

Oct 10, 2014 - 4:56 PM

The theme is UsingTech2EndChildTrafficking In this CSO Summit concerns on cyber trafficking and the youth’s vulnerability to such will be tackled as well as initiatives to curb online child exploitation

#Malaya campaign launched to fight human trafficking

Jun 23, 2014 - 3:53 PM

We are counting on you the youth to rise up and define your generation as the one that will finally and definitely put an end to modern day slavery Justice Secretary Leila De Lima says to the youth participants

Palace: PH trying its best to convict human traffickers

Jun 21, 2014 - 4:15 PM

A US trafficking report however says Corruption at all levels of government including Philippine diplomatic missions abroad enabled traffickers and undermined the government’s overall efforts to combat trafficking

GLOBAL SCOURGE. A Palace official says the Philippines is doing its part to curb human trafficking despite a US report challenging the government to do so. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Generic Image from Shutterstock

BI: Financial proof not requisite for travel abroad

Mar 15, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Travelers will only be asked to present additional supporting documents if circumstances appear to be inconsistent with the declared purpose of the trips

RIGHT TO TRAVEL. The Bureau of Immigration clarified guidelines on the need to prove financial capability before being allowed to travel abroad. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Ople: Stiffer penalties for human traffickers in Yolanda areas

Jan 28, 2014 - 6:46 PM

Susan Ople says the current law on human traffickers is too lax

Gradual justice: Human trafficking convictions over the years

Jan 26, 2014 - 2:11 PM

Data from IACAT show that human trafficking convictions have increased in the past years but gradually and in small numbers

JUST CONVICTION. Anti-trafficking efforts include ensuring that human traffickers are prosecuted and convicted. File photo by AFP/Jason Gutierrez

Palace: Cybercrime law will help curb online sex abuse

Jan 18, 2014 - 10:12 PM

The Palace is hopeful that telecommunications companies and officials could agree on how to proceed with the Cybercrime law

De Lima: 3 more cases in 'sex-for-flight' scheme

Jul 02, 2013 - 3:18 PM

Justice Secretary De Lima says she met with Rep Walden Bello to discuss the sex for flight scheme

OTHER CASES. Secretary De Lima confirms 3 other cases of sexually abused OFWs being investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation. FILE/AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

DSWD launches plug vs human trafficking

Jun 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM

The plugs aim to emphasize to the public that trafficking is a nationwide threat

Cyclists vs human trafficking and slavery

Jun 12, 2013 - 10:56 PM

Thousands of cyclists bike against human trafficking and modern day slavery on Independence Day

Trafficking in Persons report: PH still under Tier 2

Jun 20, 2012 - 11:55 AM

The Philippines is a source country and to a much lesser extent a destination and transit country for men women and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor

Trafficking in Persons report 2012.