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POEA confirms illegal recruitment & human trafficking rampant in Isabela, Quirino, Batangas, & Pampanga

Newspeg: The POEA issued  press releases promoting  its seminars for OFWs, for a fee, but maybe the better story might have been its disclosure or confirmation that   rampant illegal recruitment and human trafficking remain unabated in  at least ten provinces,  including Isabela, Quirino, Batangas, and Pampanga.

    The following are the pertinent provisions criminalizing human trafficking with a maximum penalty of twenty years’ imprisonment:

  “Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act”  (Republic Act No. 9208)

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“Section 4. Acts of Trafficking in Persons. – It shall be unlawful for any person, natural or juridical, to commit any of the following acts:

 

(a) To recruit, transport, transfer; harbor, provide, or receive a person by any means, including those done under the pretext of domestic or overseas employment or training or apprenticeship, for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage;

 

(b) To introduce or match for money, profit, or material, economic or other consideration, any person or, as provided for under Republic Act No. 6955, any Filipino woman to a foreign national, for marriage for the purpose of acquiring, buying, offering, selling or trading him/her to engage in prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage;

 

(c) To offer or contract marriage, real or simulated, for the purpose of acquiring, buying, offering, selling, or trading them to engage in prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor or slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage;

 

(d) To undertake or organize tours and travel plans consisting of tourism packages or activities for the purpose of utilizing and offering persons for prostitution, pornography or sexual exploitation;

 

(e) To maintain or hire a person to engage in prostitution or pornography;

 

(f) To adopt or facilitate the adoption of persons for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage;

 

(g) To recruit, hire, adopt, transport or abduct a person, by means of threat or use of force, fraud, deceit, violence, coercion, or intimidation for the purpose of removal or sale of organs of said person; and

 

(h) To recruit, transport or adopt a child to engage in armed activities in the Philippines or abroad.”

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