Upholding human integrity with partnership PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 00:00

One of the heart warming comments shared by Atty. Maria Jose Fletcher was, “I’ve come out of the dark and into the light,” during the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Forum yesterday at Ateneo de Zamboanga University. This was expressed by one of the persons her organization had saved from human trafficking.

Fifty years ago, the abomination of slavery seemed like a thing of the past. But history has a way of repeating itself. Today, we find that human slavery is once again a sickening reality. At this moment, woman and children are being trafficked and exploited all over the world: 2.4 million have been trafficked into forced labor worldwide.

And unfortunately, the Philippines is a source country, to a much lesser extent, a destination and transit for men, women, and children who are subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor here and in other countries. But I am glad that the US government is now actively partnering with our government in prosecuting, protecting, and preventing further increase of this inhuman dilemma.

Introduced by US Embassy-Manila Political Officer Matthew Fullerton, Atty. Fletcher gave the audience an overview of the current human trafficking situation and what can be done about it. She is the Supervising Attorney of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center and Director of LUCHA (A Women’s Legal Project).

In response, Department of Justice Assistant Prosecutor Atty. Darlene Pajarito gave her comments and collaborated most of the facts shared by Atty. Fletcher. She also gave the difference of Philippine human trafficking situation with good news. There have been an increased number of human traffickers who have been persecuted. There is a move too to identify the names of the human traffickers. Sad to learn from her, that our present law prevents the media divulging the names of these human offenders.

Both attorneys are calling for the full support of the public by reporting to the authorities if there are people roaming around recruiting people illegally. This event was made possible through the support of ADZU Main Library –American Studies Resource Center.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2011 14:58