The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) hailed the recent set of human trafficking convictions in Region III as these cases mark a milestone in the government's fight against trafficking in persons (TIP), in that these were the first convictions in Angeles City, Pampanga, a widely known hub of trafficking activities in the country since the law was enacted in 2003.
Both cases were presided over by the Angeles City's Regional Trial Court Judge Ma. Angela T. Paras-Quiambao and rendered separately on October 01, 2013 and November 08, 2013. In both instances, the accused were found to be in violation of Section 4a (Acts of Trafficking) in relation to Section 6a (Trafficking of a minor) or Qualified Trafficking in Persons, as penalized by Section 10c, of Republic Act No. 9208.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) urged local government units of calamity-ravaged areas to protect their constituents from human traffickers taking advantage of the resulting economic hardships in their areas.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, Chairperson of IACAT, said that the poverty, hunger, deaths and economic collapse in these areas make calamity survivors vulnerable and exposed to syndicates engaged in trafficking, promising high paying jobs but end up in sweat shops or brothels.
A pleasant morning to everyone!
In my capacity as Secretary of Justice and Chairperson of the Committee for the Special Protection of Children and the Interagency Council Against Trafficking, I bid you all welcome to the second day of the National Forum on Protecting Children in the Cyber Age.
ASEAN experts in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, social welfare and human rights protection arrived in Manila to attend the 4th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) Experts Working Group (EWG) that will deliberate the drafts of the ASEAN Convention to Combat, Prevent and Suppress Trafficking In Persons Especially Women and Children in Southeast Asia (ACTIP) and the corresponding Regional Plan of Action (RPA) prepared by the Philippines.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, Chairperson of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) recently met with fellow anti-human trafficking crusader, Ms. Susan “Toots” Ople, head of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute (Blas Ople Center), at the Department of Justice (DOJ) compound in Padre Faura, Manila to discuss the expansion of the campaign against human trafficking and to congratulate the latter for being awarded the 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Hero Award by the United States Government.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), chaired by Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, has lauded the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City for the speedy disposition of a human trafficking case involving minors against six female KTV managers at the Metallica KTV bar in Quezon City.
Judge Roslyn Rabara-Tria of Branch 94 sentenced the floor managers to life in prison, in addition to paying monetary damages of P2 million pesos each for violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (R.A. 9208).