DSWD, DOJ join forces to prevent human trafficking

September 23, 2010 10:26 am 

MANILA, Sept. 23 – As part of its efforts to stop human trafficking incidents in the country, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced that it has joined forces with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the said menace.

DSWD Undersecretary Alicia Bala said the agency has already activated a program wherein women and children rescued from the human trafficking syndicates will be healed of all injuries, physical and mental, sustained their period of captivity.

Bala said the DSWD will be aided by the local government units and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

While the DOJ will be mobilizing a special team of prosecutors to prosecute individuals or groups found committed human trafficking violations.

The Supreme Court (SC) earlier announced that is thinking of the possibility of creating courts that will exclusively handle nothing but human trafficking cases.

SC Office of Court the Administrator chief Jose Midas Marquez said this is part of their efforts to reduce human trafficking incidents in the country.

He added that if human traffickers will be immediately tried and sentenced to jail, it might prevent the growth of human smuggling syndicates in the country.

Marquez stressed they are thinking of this possibility due to the request of the Inter-Agency Council on Human Trafficking. (PNA)

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