Philippines on red alert vs. post-Yolanda Trafficking
by FFE PH News Staff
Presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma yesterday ensured the country and international groups that the Philippine government is doing everything it can to prevent sex trafficking of children affected by typhoon Yolanda.
The announcement came a day after UK-based children’s charity group Plan International asked the government to investigate alleged reports of child sex trafficking in Samar.
Coloma said ‘the concerned agencies are doing everything in their power to prevent these crimes. We have been giving attention to this issue because we do not want children and women to be victimised by these criminals.’
He added that a special anti-trafficking commission has already been put in place to prevent children displaced by the typhoon from being recruited by traffickers. The government has listed 109 orphaned children in Leyte alone.
At present, the UN, foreign governments and aid groups like Plan International are helping jumpstart the lives of millions of survivors in the Visayas region who lost their families, homes and jobs. According to the latest estimates by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), around 6,190 people have died from typhoon Yolanda.
Aid groups have warned that those who have been displaced by the typhoon become vulnerable to human trafficking, especially children.