CHR urges gov’t to address issues that fuel modern day slavery
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Friday urged the government to promptly address inequality and the lack of proper sources of livelihood, which fuels modern day slavery.
The appeal was made to mark International Day for Abolition of Slavery, which was established by the United Nations to help eradicate forms of modern slavery such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labor, forced marriage, and more.
“The Commission continues to urge the government to facilitate the provision of jobs and livelihood; to ensure safe migration; and to address inequality and discrimination that primarily contribute to modern forms of slavery,” the CHR said in a Twitter post
The CHR said that the pandemic worsened unemployment, making more people vulnerable to slavery, especially women, children, and members of indigenous groups.
“To this day, the fight to end slavery in all forms is far from over. Many of the victims of slavery are vulnerable groups in societies such as tribal minorities and indigenous peoples who suffer from long-standing discrimination,” the commission stated.
Recently, an alleged human trafficking scheme was uncovered at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport where the trafficked individuals were supposedly made to pose as airport employees.
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