3 religious groups to conduct forum that would discuss dangers of human trafficking in PHL

September 4, 2013 9:13 am 

MANILA, Sept. 3 — Religious organizations are set to conduct a forum that would discuss the dangers of human trafficking in the country.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches will be holding on Sept. 5, the Freedom Forum 2013: The multi-sectoral gathering against human trafficking.

Likewise, the group will be launching the Philippine Interfaith Movement Against Human Trafficking that would push the advocacy; the care for victims and survivors; monitor reports; conduct trainings; strengthen the networking with local and international counterparts, law enforcement agencies and social services; and generate resources.

The event will be held at the Christ’s Commission Fellowship, Ortigas Avenue corner C-5 Road, Pasig City.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that human trafficking deals with illegal labor and prostitution of women and children, there is also the trafficking of human organs.

The chairman of the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace said that the human trafficking continues to be a very big problem and is considering second to the trafficking of illegal drugs in the world.

He added that about 100,000 to 300,000 Filipinos have become victims to the illegal activities in the country.

Lawyer Andrey Sawchenko, national director, International Justice Mission applauded the groups for making a strong commitment to fight human trafficking in the country.

He added that while the human trafficking in the Philippines still persists, there had been a big improvement in addressing the problem.

“I think the Philippines is improving…If you look at the situation 10 years ago the Philippines did not have a law. In 2003, the Philippines has the fruits of the Anti-Human Trafficking Law and it is one of the strongest laws in the world,” Sawchenko said. (PNA)

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