At present, human trafficking is still a big problem in the Philippine, and women and children are still in great danger because of this crime. So in an effort to deal with the problem, the government passed R.A. 9208, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, a penal law against human trafficking, sex tourism, sex slavery and child prostitution. Since the passage and enforcement of this law, the government and the people became vigilant on the happenings around and made efforts to vanquish the doings of syndicates and other people who put the safety and welfare of the people in great danger. However, is the government consistent on its enforcement of the law to keep and protect the general welfare of the people?
Recently, a tougher anti-human trafficking law was approved by the Senate, putting more teeth to the government's campaign. Voting 19-0, the Senate approved SB 2625 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2010. Inclusion of the crime of attempted trafficking, whether by recruiting, transporting, selling, buying, and forcing women and children to engage in prostitution or any other degrading means was also approved. It was also reiterated that the act of adopting women and children especially if the adoption was proven to be a means of prostitution, forced labor, involuntary servitude or debt bondage, including recruitment of children for use in armed conflict are considered possible means of trafficking. With this, we can see that the government is more serious now in combating the crimes mentioned above so that the youth, the women, and families are secured and protected thereby maintaining peace and order, promoting general welfare and the protection of life.
Under the bill, the identity of victims of human trafficking will remain private, while persons accused of human trafficking will now be made public to warn possible victims. This confidentiality clause enables the government, as well as media and other...
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