Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Philippine Airlines Fights Trafficking

*It's good to see the private sector getting involved and collaborating with NGOs.

From the Philippine Inquirer:

This year, the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Foundation is embarking on a new campaign- helping to stop human trafficking, specifically through air travel.

Maria Carmen Sarmiento, PAL Foundation executive director, said the PAL Foundation had tied up with the
Visayan Forum Foundation, an anti-trafficking nongovernmental organization in the Philippines, to develop information materials on the laws against human trafficking in the country.

Sarmiento added that PAL personnel, especially the cabin attendants, would undergo training on spotting and helping likely victims of human trafficking on board the airline.

“Estimates show that there are about half a million victims of human trafficking within Philippine borders and about 100,000 who go out through the airports. That is still a lot and we will do what we can to help these people,” Sarmiento said.

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