Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Philippines: Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon Top Trafficking Cases

A Traditional Sunday Meeting of Filipino Maids in Hong Kong

From the Sun Star:

By Annabelle L. Ricalde
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

CASES of human trafficking this year are high in Bukidnon province and Cagayan de Oro compared to other places in Northern Mindanao, said the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Task Force Against Human Trafficking.

As of June 2008, 38 percent of human trafficking victims came from Bukidnon and 35 percent from Cagayan de Oro, CFO data show. Another 20 percent of the victims live in Gingoog City, 16 percent in Ozamis City, and 11 percent Misamis Oriental.

The figures only account for the cases handled by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Northern Mindanao, so the actual number of 138 victims could be higher, said lawyer Golda Myra Roma of the CFO.

Roma said that of the total number of victims, 117 are minors and almost all of them are females.

She said women are more preferred by human traffickers because of "the availability of the labor force for women."

The "jobs" offered for women often include forced prostitution, while others land into forced labor, slavery, servitude, or the removal of organs, she added.

Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada meantime said the number of unemployed workers falling prey to human trafficking syndicates has risen in the last two years.

Estrada, concurrent chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, said that international syndicates have been preying on desperate workers who are trying to get employment abroad.

Meanwhile, Roma named Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei and Japan as the top haven of trafficked persons from the Philippines. She said these countries do not have comprehensive laws against human trafficking, unlike the Philippines.

She said that cases of human trafficking in the country have been going down since 2006, although the number remains alarming.

She said that the victims often would lose interest in pursuing the case because of the delayed and long process of the prosecution.

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  1. This blog was posted a long time ago but as I read it, it just made me realize that human trafficking is just that dangerous and all the people who want to go abroad must be aware and be sure of their agency. I hope a lot of people will view this one. Thanks!

  2. Well, I really hope that human trafficking will be really minimized if not be fully vanished, not only in those certain regions but also in the whole country. It is so alarming that these issues are being rampant nowadays. I hope government officials could make an effective action about this.

  3. Cagayan de Oro has been challenged by this issue. Human trafficking is really a problem in this society. A lot of innocent people have been used just to transport illegal products. I hope there could be a stronger way to combat this. Thanks!

  4. I know there are lots of Filipinos who are working abroad for there family here.

    1. Know the country first; culture, places, religions,etc.
    2. Know who your boss are.
    3. Go home or renew your passport or any applications if you are in contract and no breach of contract as much as possible this will only put your life in danger.
    4. Lastly, respect your boss.

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