Traf­fick­ing in R11 109 cases filed, 15 con­vic­tions

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - By Ivy C. Te­jano

THERE were 109 hu­man traf­fick­ing cases al­ready filed in court as of Septem­ber this year, the Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) in Davao re­gion re­ported on Oc­to­ber 12, Thursday.

Speak­ing dur­ing the I-Speak Fo­rum at Davao City En­gi­neer's Of­fice (CEO), DOJ-Davao as­sis­tant regional pros­e­cu­tor lawyer Ritzel R. Poli­nar said hu­man traf­fick­ing still ex­ists.

Of the 109 cases filed in court, 15 re­sulted to con­vic­tion; 13 were ac­quit­ted; 17 were dis­missed; five were with­drawn; 13 were archived; and 46 are still ac­tive.

Poli­nar said most of the cases in­volved sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and one forced la­bor. She added that the Regional Pros­e­cu­tion Of­fice also noted one

child pornog­ra­phy case, of which the youngest vic­tim is one year old.

"Some of the com­plainants came all the way from Suri­gao tapos di­nala sa Davao kasi pinan­gakuan ng tra­baho. There were also those na from Davao del Norte prov­ince or Davao City tapos di­nala na­man sa Metro Manila," Poli­nar said.

The DOJ noted 132 cases of hu­man traf­fick­ing last year, vic­tim­iz­ing 145 per­sons, Poli­nar said. Of the 145 vic­tims, 130 of them were fe­males and 15 were males.

From 130 fe­male vic­tims, 84 of them were mi­nors and 46 were adults. As to male vic­tims, 12 were mi­nors and three were adults. A to­tal of 149 per­sons were charged last year for hu­man traf­fick­ing, 73 were fe­males and 76 were males.

Out of the 73 ac­cused fe­males, 46 were de­tained in var­i­ous jail fa­cil­i­ties in Davao City and the re­gion


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