US lauds PH efforts vs human trafficking

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Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra

The anti-human trafficking efforts of the Philippines earned positive response from the international community.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the United States Department of Justice (US DoJ), most especially the representatives of its international justice mission, lauded the country’s anti-human trafficking initiative.

They noted the “very good fight” by the country’s authorities against online sexual exploitation, pointing out the police’s due diligence resulted in the arrest of responsible persons or groups and the rescue of victims.

Data gathered by the International Justice System, in the past nine months of 2018, showed a total of 90 victims were rescued by local authorities and 36 suspects arrested in 25 operations.

At least 10 operations were conducted in the Visayas, nine in Mindanao and six in Luzon areas. Among those rescued were 72 minors.

Representatives of the American DoJ, Salvation Army and officials of the International Justice Mission met Guevarra to review the anti-human trafficking activities of the Philippines Department of Justice (DoJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The international group likewise presented to the DoJ their activities next year to provide the Philippines an insight into the overall anti-human trafficking campaign in the international community.

In the Philippines Child Protection Compact Program Review for 2018 (third quarter), the Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted 17 anti-human trafficking operations, six by the NBI Rescue Operations Unit and two joint operations by the PNP and the NBI.

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