Phl in Tier 1 of US anti-hu­man traf­fic index

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By PIA LEE-BRAGO

The US State Depart­ment has ranked the Philip­pines in Tier 1 of its Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Re­port not only be­cause of its ac­ces­sion to the Palermo Pro­to­col, but also due to its do­mes­tic laws and rules on anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing.

Con­sul Gen­eral An­to­nio Mo­rales of the Philip­pine Consulate Gen­eral in Hong Kong in­formed the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer- ence on Com­bat­ting Hu­man Traf­fick­ing 2018 of the high­est rat­ing of the Philip­pines in the said re­port.

He men­tioned that the pro-ac­tive stance of the gov­ern­ment on anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing res­onates even to its Foreign Ser­vice Posts, which prompted him to host, to­gether with the In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Mi­gra­tion, an anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing sem­i­nar for con­sular of­fi­cers in April. Mo­rales un­der­scored the ne­ces­sity of fos­ter­ing co­op­er­a­tion among the other con­sulates gen­eral in Hong Kong for the shar­ing of best prac­tices and in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing.

The con­sul gen­eral at­tended the con­fer­ence at the Asia So­ci­ety Hong Kong Cen­ter to dis­cuss issues, pro­mote awareness of and en­cour­age ini­tia­tives in craft­ing mea­sures to com­bat hu­man traf­fick­ing.

The con­fer­ence, or­ga­nized by Hong Kong Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil (Legco) mem­bers Den­nis W.H. Kwok and Ken­neth Le­ung, sought to gather in­ter­na­tional ex­perts, mem­bers of the con­sular corps, cham­bers of com­merce, in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses, prominent law firms and civil so­ci­ety groups.

Kwok and Le­ung were pro­po­nents of the Mod­ern Slav­ery Bill of 2017 pend­ing be­fore the Legco.

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