Beng shares Zamboanga City’s anti-trafficking best practices PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:04

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and District 1 Cong. Beng Climaco-Salazar recently shared to the Senate  Bicameral committee Zamboanga City‘s best practices in rescuing victims of trafficking in persons.

Speaking on behalf of the House of Representatives during the bicam meeting, Climaco highlighted the  all out efforts of Zamboanga in the fight against human trafficking.

These efforts, she said were recognized internationally through Assistant City Prosecutor Darlene Pajarito, who was cited by the US State Department as one of the world’s 10 heroes in the fight against trafficking.

Climaco explained in the Senate various provisions in the anti-trafficking law that should be strictly enforced especially the penalties to the violators.

“Zamboanga City has shown the world that despite the challenges in solving issues of abuse and trafficking, the laws are working and can be intensified to work better, especially for the victims”, the District 1 representative declared.

Zamboanga City has distinguished itself as the first city to have convicted a trafficker under Republic Act 9208 or the anti-trafficking in persons law.   It also has the most number of convictions since 2005.

Among those present in the bicameral meeting in the Senate were Senators Loren Legarda and Pia Cayetano and congressmen and women headed by Rep. Climaco. — Marvin Segura