Expanded anti-trafficking law tackled in workshop PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 July 2013 11:14

The Technical Working Group for the drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations ( IRR ) of Republic Act 9208 as amended by RA 10364, otherwise known as the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Person Law, held a three-day workshop, July 17 to 19,2013,  at Hotel  Dominique, Tagaytay City.

Chief Insp. Alexander Lorenzo, chief of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime Western Mindanao  Field Office, disclosed that attempted Trafficking in Persons  (TIP) has been included in the new law with penalty of 15 years imprisonment and a fine of P500,000. to P1 million.

Lorenzo explained that RA 10364 has provision on the liability of accessories and accomplices of the trafficking in person activities to give more teeth to the law.

He said the said new law has amended the confidentiality clause of the previous one andnow only the names of the victims are barred to be disclosed to the public. The names of traffickers can now be disclosed when an offense is committed.

The law provides that the State can now exercise jurisdiction over any acts of trafficking in person even if committed outside the Philippines provided the suspect is a Filipino and a permanent resident of the Philippines or he or she committed a trafficking against any Filipino citizen. — Allen Abastillas