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PH, US reaffirm, fight vs human trafficking, CPC

  • Written by Hector Lawas
  • Published in Nation
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THE Philippines and the United States have reaffirmed their commitment to curb human trafficking and
cyber child pornography through the rollout of several activities in line with the two countries’ Child
Protection Compact (CPC).

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, who is also the chairman of Interagency Council Against
Child Trafficking (IACAT), bared that the US State Department’s  Office to Monitor and Combat
Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) has awarded $3.5 million, equivalent to P175 million, to its
implementing partners the International Justice Mission (IJM) and the Salvation Army World Service
The IACAT led the CPC Partnership negotiations for the Philippine government where they also
intend to fund P40 million or $784,000 to uphold the partnership’s objectives.
“Being the first in the region, the CPC partnership aims to support sustainable improvements to
combat online sexual exploitation of children and child labor trafficking and to expand specialized
child protection services and prevention efforts to further improve the coordination among coordinating
agencies,” he explained.
Aguirre noted both the IJM and the Salvation Army have begun collectively working with the
Philippine government and other civil society organizations to strengthen the government’s
determination “to investigate, prosecute, and convict child traffickers; give a wide-ranging, trauma
informed care for child victims of such crimes; and to stop online sexual exploitation of children and
forced labor from happening.”
Furthermore, Aguirre said that the IJM and other implementing partners will work with the
government to develop sustainable long-term care for child victims of online sexual exploitation by
investing in foster care systems for recovering survivors.
He added the IJM and its partner organizations and agencies will also give technical support to
local government units and other partners to enhance the current community-based exploitation and labor