Gov’t agencies ramp up info drive on human trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2015 15:10

by Allen  Abastillas

The Philippine Center on Transnational Crimes Western Mindanao Field Office, in coordination with the Zamboanga City Sea-Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (ZCSBATTF), has  intensified the information dissemination campaign on how to prevent and combat human trafficking in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Chief Insp. Alex Lorenzo, chief, PCTCWMFO, said his office is closely coordinating with the different local government units in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in launchng the information drive in partnership with members of ZCSBATTF, Philippine Coast Guard,  Department of Justice, Departmenf of Social Welfare and Development, Visayan Forum, Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group, Maritime Police, Naval Intelligence and Security Group and the ZC Local Government Unit.

Lorenzo disclosed that most of the victims of human traffickers come from the municipalities in the  region, provinces  and slum areas in the different cities in the  country.

He said most of the rescued victims recruited by illegal recruiters and human traffickers are from poor provinces and municipalities in the country.

“ I advise people especially those who want to work abroad not to believe the sweet talks and promises of human traffickers so that your will not end up in a lion’s den,” Lorenzo said.

He stressed that people who want to work abroad or be recruited should assert their rights for their safety and security.

“They should  ask the recruiters their legality to recruit  like the approval and license from the  Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and license from Department of Labor and Employment. They should visit the two offices of the government  and know the status and license of their recruiters,” Lorenzo said.

Meanwhile, In answer to the calls of Pope Francis to combat and prevent human trafficking, Lorenzo has started to visit the different churches in the city to ask the help of priests or leaders of other religions to include in their sermon about the evil designs of human traffickers and illegal recruiters who are destroying human dignity and families.

Lorenzo said he has asked religious leaders to help the government in the crackdown against trafficking. — Allen Abastillas