human trafficking in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on human trafficking in the Philippines


Child sex offender gets life imprisonment for human trafficking

May 27, 2020 - 7:49 PM

David Timothy Deakin is the first foreigner to be convicted for trafficking offenses through online proceedings, according to the International Justice Mission

RAID. David Timothy Deakin is arrested in his rented home in Angeles City, Pampanga on April 27, 2017. Deakin was found in possession of child sexual exploitation materials. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Cebu court convicts 22-year-old Filipina for trafficking children

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:43 PM

The defendant pleads guilty to 4 cases involving the trafficking of children for online sexual exploitation

Lumad rescued from 'slavery' in Pangasinan back home

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:36 PM

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples will file human trafficking cases against the recruiters of the Lumad, and unfair labor practices against the 'abusive' employer

Photo by Bobby Lagsa

STOLEN: Pretty Girls

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:32 PM

They were groomed, abused, and sold online. Now the children tell their story.

Injustice in Court of Appeals: Failing Mary Jane Veloso

Jan 25, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Philippine legal procedure is horribly ill-equipped for 21st century transnational issues like human trafficking and modern slavery, the drug trade, terrorism, regional environmental degradation, money laundering, and the legal needs of the Filipino diaspora, all of which cross state borders

PH meets U.S. standards vs trafficking for 2nd straight year

Jun 28, 2017 - 12:49 PM

The Philippines remains in Tier 1 of the US State Department s annual Trafficking in Persons TIP report

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosts the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2017. State Department photo/ Public Domain

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

7 women, 6 minors rescued from Pasay trafficking ring

Aug 11, 2016 - 8:32 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the victims were from the provinces and being groomed for escort services – a euphemism for sex work – in high end hotels in Metro Manila

Human trafficking 101: What trafficking is all about

Dec 12, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Human trafficking is considered one of the most profitable organized crimes in the world as it generates almost 32 billion each year

VICTIM. Trafficked persons are usually forced to engage in prostitution, illegal labor, begging, pornography, sex tourism, organ sale, and other jobs where they are exploited and taken advantage of.

Trafficking charges sought vs PH embassy official in Kuwait

Jan 18, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Sexual abuse unpaid back pay and a 20 hour work per day with no or limited food are just some of the conditions endured by complainants

86 victims of human trafficking rescued in Zamboanga

Jan 13, 2013 - 11:06 PM

The raid took place when a PCG Special Operations Group received information that two fast craft vessels were carrying suspected victims of human smuggling

Google Maps aerial image of Zamboanga City and port area

PH leads passage of UN resolution for victims of trafficking

Jul 06, 2012 - 11:30 AM

The Philippines and Germany lead 68 other nations in pushing for the adoption of a UN resolution to help victims of human trafficking