By Leila B. Salaverria
In the crowded condition of evacuation centers, women and children become vulnerable to rape, trafficking, prostitution and other forms of exploitation, the party-list group Gabriela warned on Monday, as it urged the government to speed up the provision of basic social services to counter these risks, especially in areas battered by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Despite significant gains, the country’s fight against human trafficking is being hindered by government corruption, according to an official of an interagency task force against trafficking.
Some Cebu City residents may find it disturbing that their city government allowed two bars which were the venues of two raids by an anti-trafficking task force to continue to operate despite the incident.
Nigerian police have raided a home and freed 16 pregnant young women who were allegedly being forced to have babies to be offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes, police said Thursday.
Officials of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7) yesterday paid a courtesy call on Cebu Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale.
An alert has been raised for the possible entry of human trafficking syndicates in areas devastated by Typhoon “Pablo” that the head of the social welfare department said are now hunting grounds for traffickers in search of their most vulnerable preys—women and children.
Tanzanian police have seized over 200 elephant tusk pieces valued at around a million dollars from 91 different animals, officials said on Wednesday.
Philippine authorities looking for religious statues made from “blood” ivory were prevented from entering a church where the banned items were allegedly kept, a government investigator said Saturday.
By Ador Vincent Mayol
, Katreena Bisnar
The Capitol will investigate reports of trafficking of women inside the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City.
Police have rescued 21 women from a trafficking syndicate allegedly being run by a policeman and his wife during a series of operations in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
By Redempto D. Anda
Palawan on Thursday received from Hong Kong authorities a shipment of rare and critically endangered freshwater turtles and other animals highly prized in the black market pet trade which were confiscated from a traveling Chinese national last week.
Pope Benedict XVI called on the international community to tackle sex tourism and organ trafficking on Monday, slamming the abuse, torture and exploitation of minors in particular.
Chinese police rescued more than 24,000 abducted children and women last year, some of whom had been sold for adoption or forced into prostitution as far away as Angola, officials said Sunday.