244 cases of trafficking cases recorded in 2018

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recorded a total of 244 of trafficking in persons cases (TIP) in the region from 2015 up to July 31, 2018.

The highest record of TIP cases involved child or cyber-pornography and sexual exploitation with 92 cases, followed by forced labor with 83 cases, and illegal recruitment with 54 cases.

Meanwhile, overseas contract workers that suffered sexual or physical abuse only accounted to four cases. The government agency also recorded two cases of illegal adoption.

The government considers illegal adoption as trafficking. In the Philippines, only the DSWD is mandated to process and facilitate adoption proceedings as stipulated in the Republic Act 8552 or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998.

Those who will be convicted of illegal adoption will be facing a fine of not less than P50,000 or not more than P200,000. They may also be imprisoned from six years up to 12 years.

The Women and Children’s Protection Desk of the Davao City Police Office reported 14 trafficking victims this year, which was a significant increase from the total of 11 cases in 2016 and 2017. Davao City also registered the highest number of known victims per province in Davao Region with 40 female victims. (Regina Mae Ronquillo)

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