DSWD checks Marawi conflict victims to guard vs trafficking

THE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao Region continues to monitor the evacuees from Marawi City as displaced families are at risk to human trafficking.

Based on the records, there are 1,207 evacuees from Marawi currently seeking refuge in the city.

The evacuees are staying in Calinan, Toril, Lubugan, Bankerohan, Barangay 19, Barangay 37, Barangay 23, and Doña Salud, Sasa, Davao City.

Alma Acera, DSWD’s focal person for the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), “since internally displaced persons (IDPs) are more vulnerable to trafficking, the DSWD and the other agencies conducted awareness campaign to the evacuees from Marawi City.”

Acera added that evacuees are susceptible to trafficking because of their situation and circumstances.

According to the IACAT, human trafficking comes in many forms such as domestic slavery, mail-order bride, sale of human parts, sex slavery and pornography, child labor, and children in armed conflict.

Acera also said that “so far in connection to the Marawi conflict, we haven’t received any report for now.”

Meanwhile, Assist. Regional Prosecutor Ritzel Polinar said that there a total of 109 cases for violation of Republic Act 10364 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act) were filed in court in the Davao Region. Polinar added that there are only 15 convictions.

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