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Myanmar downgraded in U.S. trafficking report

Jun 29, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The annual Trafficking in Persons report says Myanmar slipped backward on its trafficked person's index to Tier 3 for failing to protect Rohingya Muslims fleeing a military crackdown in Rakhine state

PH meets U.S. standards vs human trafficking for 3rd consecutive year

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The Philippines retains its Tier 1 status in the US State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warmly greet each other at the US Department of State on 21 June 2018. Looking on are Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez and Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Maria Lumen Isleta.

Australian in Cebu sentenced to life for sexual trafficking of girls

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Drew Frederick Shobbrook sexually exploits the girls and records them, then sells the videos on the internet

Australian national Drew Frederick Shobbrook is convicted by a Cebu court of human trafficking on February 20, 2018, with a sentence of life imprisonment. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

2-year-old boy, 6 others rescued from Bacolod cybersex den

Jul 14, 2017 - 2:38 PM

The victims include the children nieces and neighbors of the alleged operator of the cybersex den

Locator map of Bacolod City

Even 2-month-old babies can be cybersex victims – watchdog

Jun 29, 2017 - 5:40 PM

International Justice Mission says abuse comes in many forms with children s parents even sometimes involved in their own exploitation

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 29, 2017

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:38 AM

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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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 28, 2017

Jun 28, 2017 - 10:25 AM

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INSIDE MARAWI. The street named after the late Philippine Senator Domocao Alonto Sr is in ruins after being targeted military airstrikes after terrorists occupied the area. This photo was taken on Sunday, June 25, 2017, when rescuers took advantage of the Eid'l Fitr ceasefire to save trapped civilians. Photo courtesy of the Marawi city government

U.S. lists China among worst human trafficking offenders

Jun 28, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The release of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report appears to signal the Trump administration s closer embrace of human rights issues as an integral part of its foreign policy

2017 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

NBI nabs American sexagenarian over uploaded sex videos

May 13, 2017 - 3:33 PM

NBI Bacolod head Renoir Baldovino says a woman sought their help last month after she found out the American uploaded some videos of them having sex online without her consent

Social media used to lure trafficked Filipinas

Jan 21, 2017 - 5:12 PM

One of the victims was befriended by recruiters using social media with false promises of legitimate and better work opportunities overseas

Immigration officers, recruiters nabbed for human trafficking

Jan 20, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Police did not identify the immigration officers pending an investigation into their alleged involvement in human trafficking Police also apprehended 3 illegal recruiters and their alleged cohorts: A tricycle driver and an airport porter

2 women convicted for selling girls' lewd photos to 'predators'

Oct 08, 2016 - 11:30 AM

A local court says Lyan Tandeg and Shellina Nisperos are guilty beyond reasonable doubt for attempted trafficking

For 1st time, PH meets US standards vs trafficking

Jul 01, 2016 - 10:42 AM

The Philippines becomes the only Southeast Asian country under Tier 1 of the US trafficking report – the parting legacy of former president Benigno Aquino III

SUSPECTED TRAFFICKERS. A Filipino couple, suspected of engaging in trafficking in persons and child pornography, is escorted at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, Philippines, on April 26, 2016. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Aquino's good news as term ends: PH improves fight vs human trafficking

Jun 30, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says the Philippines is now fully compliant with the minimum standards of the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act based on a US State Department report

HOMECOMING. Former president Benigno Aquino III shares good news to his supporters gathered in Times Street, Quezon City, on June 30, 2016. hoto by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau

24 women rescued from Boracay human trafficking

Mar 11, 2016 - 7:30 AM

The suspects are collared after receiving P4 000 in marked money from a confidential agent who acted as their customer

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.

Human trafficking: A game of cat and mouse in a vast Celebes sea

Dec 06, 2015 - 2:17 PM

The Philippines is a source country while Tawi Tawi serves as the transshipment point for most trafficking cases

US human trafficking report notes 'indiscriminate' offloading in PH

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:13 AM

Immigration Chief Siegfred Mison admits the matter of offloading – deferred departure – is really a judgment call but adds that the bureau will do its work without fear or favor

Philippine citizens lining up at immigration counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, May 5, 2011. Jay Directo/AFP

US human trafficking report backs Sereno-led court reform

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Some 52 volunteer courts are involved in the judicial experiment of the continuous trial system but the 2015 TIP report recommends the expansion of the system Courts need additional budget for this

'APPRECIATE INSTITUTIONS.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says Filipinos must appreciate institutions, and plan long-term to build a modern nation.

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

US blasts Thailand, rewards Malaysia on trafficking

Jul 28, 2015 - 12:15 AM

According to the International Labour Organization trafficking in persons represents a 150 billion a year industry This includes 99 billion for the sex industry alone

Where's Mary Jane? Aquino's SONA silent on human trafficking

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:15 PM

While the number of trafficking convictions has increased under Aquino a US report says the number is considered low compared to the size of the problem

Looking back: First anti-trafficking law in Southeast Asia

May 26, 2015 - 3:52 PM

On May 26 2003 the Philippines enacts the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act the first law of such kind in Southeast Asia What has happened since then?

Syrian, two others arrested for human trafficking

Apr 12, 2015 - 3:45 PM

The operation was conducted following complaints that the Syrian was recruiting overseas Filipino workers OFWs for non existent jobs in the United Arab Emirates

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

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

US to PH: Convict more labor traffickers

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:40 PM

The US State Department says the Philippines has failed to meet minimum standards to end modern day slavery

GLOBAL SCOURGE. The Philippines needs to convict more human traffickers, the US State Department says. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Generic Image from Shutterstock

Teens 'fed once a day,' rescued from recruiters

Jun 18, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Bound for Saudi Arabia a 16 year old girl is rescued along with around 70 women from an alleged trafficking den in Pasay City

Police nab 7 in Pangasinan for online prostitution

Mar 18, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Police rounded up 94 women reportedly working as English online tutors for Japanese clients

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

PH courts weaken anti-trafficking efforts

Jun 20, 2013 - 1:39 PM

For the second straight year the Philippines fails to get a higher anti trafficking rating from the US

Aquino signs expanded anti-human trafficking law

Feb 13, 2013 - 5:50 PM

The amended law expands the list of acts promoting human trafficking and which should be subject to punishment

TRAFFICKING ON THE RISE Children are silhouetted in front of posters displayed during a prayer for Justice and Protection against Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People in Quezon City suburban Manila on December 12, 2010, as part of the annual observance of International Day against Human Trafficking. AFP Photo/Jay Directo

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.

Up to 27 million people living in slavery worldwide: US

Jun 20, 2012 - 10:16 AM

As America prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the emancipation of US slaves people must reflect on how much further we have to go to free all these 27 million victims Clinton said at the unveiling of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons report

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking during the release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons report at the US Department of State in Washington DC, June 19, 2012. Frame grab courtesy of the US Department of State.