The government has sent about 100 people to jail since last year for human trafficking violations but new measures were needed to stop recruitment of people to work in sweatshops and prostitution dens,
She said a total of 1,693 cases were still pending in trial courts, including 364 filed last year, and the country needs to put up specialized courts to try only human trafficking cases to effectively address the problem.said on Sunday.
“The Philippines is unreservedly committed to combating and eradicating trafficking of persons … The programs we are now undertaking form only the spearhead of the ever-expanding scope of our campaign,” De Lima told Ngozi Ezeilo, a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons.
Ezeilo was on a fact-finding mission in the country to examine the situation of trafficked persons in the country. In addition to Manila, she also visited Cebu and Zamboanga, which are known as trafficking hot spots.
Human trafficking involve recruitment of people to work as illegals here ..read more… 100 human traffickers jailed.
But Just as this seems to be good news there are a few who believe it to be only propaganda from Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to impress the United Nations and Secretary Clinton.
This statement from David R. Stone: “If she is remotely interested in unearthing the truth rather than impressing The International Justice Mission and Sec Hilary Clinton she should wonder about her own statement of there being 1,693 cases pending. (Such cases are non-bailable!) One case that I am aware of is demonstrably falsely based and more about revenge and income generation tha[n] anything else“
I would ask, what is pending the UN and Sec Hilary Clinton need to be impressed for? a trade agreement renewal, tourism agreement renewal, or perhaps just good old fashioned American Tourism which needs to be made aware of the Philippians and their role in Human Trafficking and what this could mean to their tourism business?
Or is it simply rhetoric to put out in response to articles critical of the Philippians government role in Human Trafficking?