CHR supports Senate bill to expand anti-trafficking law in PH – Manila bulletin
The Human Rights Commission (CHR) supported the passage of Senate Bill No. 2449 which would strengthen the country’s law against human trafficking under Republic Law No. 9208 which would was enacted in 2003.
Senate Bill 2449 on the Expanded Anti-Trafficking Act 2021 aims to provide guidelines for law enforcement agencies on investigating, intercepting and prosecuting various forms of trafficking. human trafficking, and to increase corporate responsibilities in preventing human trafficking, the CHR said.
Through spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia, the CHR said that “human trafficking is a form of modern slavery in which young children and adults are often coerced into engaging in sexual acts. against their will “.
“Human trafficking facilitated by the movement limitations brought on by the pandemic and easy access to the internet has led to an increase in cases of online child abuse and sexual exploitation (OSEC),” said De Guia, a lawyer.
Last December, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) headed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that 657 victims of human trafficking had been rescued while 41 suspects had been arrested in 2021 in 66 operations. carried out by the police.
The IACAT said that as of 2020, 317 operations were carried out which resulted in the rescue of 30 victims and the arrest of 40 people. He added that in 2019, 40 victims were rescued while 62 suspects were arrested in 210 operations.
The inter-agency council coordinates and monitors the implementation of RA 9208, the 2003 law on combating trafficking in persons.
The CHR said Senate Bill 2449 aims to combat human trafficking and therefore reduce the impact of OSEC.
He said: “The bill increases the roles and responsibilities of private companies such as internet intermediaries, money transfer centers, banks and other financial institutions in preventing human trafficking. It also aims to increase the protection of victims of trafficking and provides the duties of local government units in supporting the recovery and reintegration of trafficked persons and their families.
De Guia said the CHR “joins supporters of Senate Bill 2449 in calling for greater action to protect individuals from trafficking.”
“Together, let us lead continuous efforts and proactive actions to ensure that no one falls into the trap of forced labor or sexual exploitation,” she said.
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