EDITORIAL| Trafficking, a nightmare

THE US State Department of State has placed the country in Tier 1 for the past two years in its recent 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. This means that the government “fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” and “continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period.”

In explaining the Tier 1 status, the report said the government “demonstrated serious and sustained efforts by convicting and punishing more traffickers, identifying more victims through proactive screening procedures, and expanding its efforts to prevent trafficking of Filipino migrant workers.”

Yesterday, the deputy director of the Regional State Prosecutor Office (RSPO) XI,  Barbara Mae Pagdilao-Flores, said they have worked with the International Police Organization (Interpol) in extraditing a British national who is facing charges for violating Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Abuse Exploitation and Discrimination Act) and RA 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003).

He was arrested on July 12, 2015 in a raid conducted by police in his house somewhere in Talomo. During that incident, authorities were able to rescue six kids who claimed they were abused by the British national. He however posted bail and left the country even before a warrant of arrest was released in the child trafficking case, lawyer Flores said.

Justice will soon be meted since the reported pedophile has been traced and arrested in another country pending his extradition to the Philippines to face the charges against him.

Trafficking is a horrible crime that stalks countries across the world. The Philippines is identified as a source country for traffickers although it is also used as a transit country for victims of sex trafficking and forced labor. This is the reason why trafficking should be given priority by the administration.

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