Cinema plugings on human trafficking of DSWD, a wake up call that encourages moviegoers to liberate victims

May 1, 2013 11:21 pm 

MANILA, May 1 — Jennifer, an innocent woman who just wanted to have a decent job so she can help her parents and other siblings was recruited and promised with a good job but ends up in a club and sold in prostitution den;

Mariano, an innocent young man hunting for a job and attracted to work abroad as a construction worker, but undergone abuse and fell on the hands of mean employers who forced him to participate in forced labor and do inhumane jobs with little or no compensation at all;

Antonio, an ordinary Filipino belonging in the poverty line, in desperate need for money succumb to the offer of human traffickers to sell his kidney organ for a sum of money even if that will pose danger to his life.

These are just three sad faces of human trafficking cinema plugs titled “Iligtas Mo Ako” that was launched on April 26 and will run to selected cinemas nationwide for six months by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) according to its Undersecretary Parisya H. Taradji.

“It depicts the voice and painful sufferings of the victims of the human trafficking who are crying for help, and with these plugs, we are encouraging the media and the public as well to help spread the awareness,” Taradji pointed out as she expressed belief that media is a powerful tool in spreading awareness about the issue and the blatant need to address it.

Taradji cited that the movie going public can be encouraged to be an effective tool in generating the support to act, condemn and fight human trafficking that victimizes many poor and disadvantaged sectors of the society who are just looking for opportunities to improve their life’s conditions.

“As concerned individuals who want to help and liberate the victims, they (the movie going public) can also help further to spread the awareness campaign about it, and participate by calling the DSWD hotline 9319141 or the IACAT hotline 1343 to report and provide information if they know or seen victims of human trafficking to save them from greater sufferings and even protect the lives of other possible victims,” Taradji added.

“We should not allow this detrimental act to continuously happen. By participating in the campaign and acting together to combat it seriously, everyone can help to stop it because a vigilant society can be a deterrent factor to plans of criminals,” she added.

She expressed hope that the current cinema plug of DSWD serves as a wake up call for everyone to do their share in the fight against human trafficking and listen to the voice of the victims waiting for their acts to save them and their lives from potential human trafficking syndicates.

In 2012, DSWD data revealed that there were about 1,376 individuals that became victims of various forms of trafficking nationwide.

The DSWD provides adequate recovery and reintegration services under its Recovery and Reintegration Programs for Trafficked Persons.

Under the said programs, the victims undergo assessment for possible package of services such as provisions of skills training; economic assistance for livelihood, and legal assistance through Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRPTP).

The economic assistance for victims-survivors of human trafficking enable them to meet some new opportunities to earn and work while cases are on-going.

Human trafficking happens when perpetrators entice poor men, women, and children to work but ends up exploited. It involves movement or transport of one person from one place to another for the purpose of exploitation which can be inside (domestic) or outside (cross-boarder) the country.

In the boosted effort to fight it, last year, Republic Act 10364 or Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was enacted for a stronger anti-human trafficking measure.

It amends Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act.

One of the new provisions under R.A. 10364 is the disclosure of the identities and circumstances of human traffickers. The old law provided confidentiality protection to human traffickers. (PNA)

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