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Rescuing Young Filipinas from Child Trafficking

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on June 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

Four teenage girls rescued from human trafficking in Sulu

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on June 15, 2013 at 9:04 am

The Philippine Coast Guard rescued on Monday four teenage girls from a human trafficking ring in Jolo, Sulu last Monday, a belated report said Friday.

The Coast Guard cited an initial report from its Southwestern Mindanao unit showing the victims were seen aboard M/V Ever Queen of Asia while it was docked in Zamboanga City Pier.

The rescued girls were identified as Ashley Tizon, 18, of Poblacion Gefore, Zamboanga del Sur; Ayana Fae, 18, of San Pedro, Pagadian City; Sabrina Funtes, 19, of Dumagoc, Pagadian City; and Lea Lane 18, of Danlogan, also of Pagadian City.

Source: Zamboanga Today

Nanny tells human trafficking trial she was forced to work 16-hour days

In Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on June 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Sarmiento said the couple told her that her working conditions would be the same as in Hong Kong, where she had two days off a week and regular hours, and that she would become a permanent resident in Canada after two years.

Sarmiento said that unlike in Canada, she was also allowed to socialize with other people, had her own cell phone to make frequent calls to the Philippines and took the children under her care out of the home on her own.

But all that changed when she arrived in Canada, where she was forced to work 16-hour days, seven days a week and also clean the house.

“When they see that the (other) nannies are talking to me, Mr. Orr would approach me and he would tell me there’s no need for you to talk to the nannies,” she said, describing her past experiences visiting a local community centre.



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Once trafficked, she now brings hope to other survivors.

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm
At just 14 years old, Charito was trapped in a bar in the Philippines (similar to this one) and sold to be abused by customers.

At just 14 years old, Charito was trapped in a bar in the Philippines (similar to this one) and sold to be abused by customers.

Poverty left Charito* vulnerable. Desperate to help her impoverished family, she dropped out of school to look for work. When a woman she’d just met promised her a good job in a nearby city, she felt she had ‘no other choice’ but to accept.

But it was a horrible lie. Just 14 years old, Charito was trafficked into a bar in Cebu, the Philippines. She was sold for sex night after night. She remembers, “They treated us like animals.”

Fortunately, local authorities soon rescued Charito and 26 other girls trapped in the bar. But from there the case stalled—stuck in a broken court system. Charito returned home alone, burdened by shame and struggling to heal.

Later that year, IJM opened an office in Cebu. Our attorneys heard of the troubled case and quickly worked with state prosecutors to move the trial forward. IJM social workers helped Charito move into an aftercare home for the support and trauma counseling she so desperately needed.

“IJM helped in giving worth and time for my case.” Real freedom began “because of the love I received from people who truly cared for me.”

Source: IJM

Girls from CNN Freedom Project help bust U.S. child pornographer

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

A convicted child pornographer in Pennsylvania was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison, thanks in part to three girls featured in CNN’s Freedom Project who provided information to U.S. authorities.

Jeffrey Herschell, 54, of Washington, Pennsylvania, visited an Internet site that showed live sex shows that forced young girls in the Philippines to act out customers’ fantasies, U.S. investigators said.

“Whatever the American client wants us to do, we must do it,” “Gen” told CNN in May 2011 for the documentary “The Fighters.” “Gen” and her friends were schoolmates and just 8 years old when the abuse occurred.

Source: CNN Freedom Project

South Korea: A Thriving Sex Industry In A Powerful, Wealthy Super-State

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Al-Jazeera reported that some 200,000 South Korean youths run away from home annually, with many of them descending into the business of sex, according to a report by Seoul’s municipal government. A separate survey suggested that half of female runaways become prostitutes.

All these statistics fly in the face of South Korea’s stellar image as a society that consistently produces brilliant, hard-working, motivated students and technocrats. However, it is exactly that academic pressure (along with other family issues) that drives many of these teens onto the streets.

“No one ever told me it was wrong to prostitute myself, including my schoolteachers,” a runaway named Yu-ja told Al-Jazeera.

“I wish someone had told me. Girls should be taught that from an early age in class here in South Korea, but they aren’t.”

Not only is South Korea home to child and teen prostitution, but South Korean men are also driving such illicit trade in foreign countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, according to the Korean Institute of Criminology, based on surveys conducted in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Source: International Business Times

5 women set to work as entertainers in S. Korea intercepted at Clark airport

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Immigration officers at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga have intercepted five Filipino women who were bound for South Korea and who were apparently victims of human trafficking.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. disclosed that the women were intercepted last week as they were about to board a Cebu Pacific flight to Macau.

But when interviewed, the women reportedly admitted that their final destination was Incheon, South Korea where they were hired to work as nightclub entertainers, David said in a statement.

The women’s names were not divulged as the persons in trafficking act has prohibited the public disclosure of human traffickers and their victims, the BI said.



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Human Trafficking of Filipinos to Louisiana Results in $4.5 Million Award

In Human Trafficking on March 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

A federal judge in Southern California has awarded $4.48 million to 347 Filipinos because a Los Angeles company violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) by tricking them into slave labor as teachers in Louisiana public schools.

This week, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Kronstadt cited “negligent misrepresentations” by LA’s Universal Placement International, Inc. (UPI) and PARS International Placement Agency in Quezon CIty, Philippines for the award and ordered the teacher contracts “null and void.”
A jury sided with the class action plaintiffs in December, according to court records.
From 2007 to 2010, the defendants lured Filipino teachers to work in Louisiana under a “specialty worker” immigration program by promising they could have the jobs if they paid $5,000 to $5,500 in recruitment fees.
Source: OC Weekly

80% of victims repatriated after seeking help from human trafficking hotline 1343

In Human Trafficking on March 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) said about 80 percent of the victims who sought help from the Philippine government’s human trafficking hotline 1343 were repatriated to the country.

In an interview with GMA News Online on February 22, CFO Undersecretary Mary Grace Ampil-Tirona said out of the 200 cases brought to the human trafficking hotline since 2011, 160 victims were repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Tirona noted that the 1343 anti-human trafficking hotline has registered over 15,000 calls as of January 15 this year since the hotline was inaugurated in March 2011.

Source: GMA News

In Depth: Pipeline of alleged human trafficking from Philippines to the Gulf

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on February 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

In a cramped Westbank apartment, five men drink cups of coffee, search for work, send e-mails to the families that drove them here, 9,000 miles on the opposite side of the globe.

These migrant workers came to Louisiana years ago on promises of a better life for their loved ones back home. They longed to feed their families, pay for their children’s schooling, maybe one day install plumbing or an air conditioner on their leaking, tin-roofed homes in the Philippines.

Like millions of others, they left the Philippines to find work overseas. These men landed at Grand Isle Shipyard, a regional oilfield maintenance company in Galliano.

But their roofs back home still leak when it rains and their families still can’t afford schooling for their children.

Now they say they were lured here by lies, and they are instead treated like slaves. Promised salaries of $20 an hour, when their paychecks arrived they broke down to a mere fraction of that, sometimes little more than $3 an hour.

Source: WWLTV

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