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DSWD-7 Fight against Human Trafficking Strengthened

The amendment of the Republic Act 9208 on Human Trafficking to Republic Act 10364 popularly known as Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act paves way to intensify protection of the victims.

“The new law gave victim-survivors more strength to stand on their rights and make the government’s fight against human trafficking more effective”, says Rosemarie Salazar, DSWD’s Focal Person on Women and Family.

Under RA 10364, names of the accused and suspects in human trafficking cases are allowed to be reported and published in newspapers.

The new law also defines attempted trafficking as a crime which carries a penalty of fifteen (15) years of imprisonment and a fine not less than five hundred thousand pesos but not more than one million pesos.

Additionally, included liabilities of accessories and accomplices of human trafficking activities have also been clearly laid down in the new amendment law.

Accomplices are those who knowingly aid, abet and cooperate in the execution of the crime. Accessories, on the other hand, are those who have knowledge of the crime with no active participation.

On the expanded version the law, any person who buys or engages the services of a trafficked person for prostitution shall be penalized from six years to twelve years of imprisonment and a fine not less than fifty thousand pesos but not more than one hundred thousand pesos.

Salazar further added that majority of the victims came in a form of human trade where 70% are women whose root causes are lack of education, unemployment, armed conflict as well as natural disasters.

On this, DSWD provides ten thousand pesos for livelihood assistance, employment opportunities and skills training for the victim-survivors under the Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP).

The “Balik Probinsya” financial assistance is also allocated for victims who are residing outside Cebu City or even outside the region.

The agency has also stepped up for its anti-trafficking efforts through hotline number (032) 406-5832 or at 0917-7030967 who receive calls and act on the reported cases 24/7. (PR – Kerwin Macopia)

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