Sunday, December 4, 2011

ECPAT Leads 'International Day Against Human Trafficking'

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The End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT Philippines) successfully rounded up support of various national agencies and other civil society groups in the Philippines to commemorate December 12, 2011 as International Day Against Human Trafficking by helping in the nationwide dissemination of information on the problem of child sex trafficking and how to report the incidence of the crime.

December 12 completes the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence against Women and Children (November 25-December 12) as observed worldwide every year. The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), chaired by the Department of justice (DOJ) has chosen this year's theme as “Laban Kontra Human Trafficking, Laban Nating Lahat”. The Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT)  groups that includes ECPAT as NCR lead convenor carry this year’s theme as ‘Komunidad Palakasin, Child Trafficking Sugpuin’.

From December 5 to 12, through the efforts of ECPAT in collaboration with the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), metro cinemas will show Animated Faces, a 37-second video infomercial about child sex trafficking.

Animated Faces is a short video about the true stories of three (3) girls who survived sex trafficking. It was produced by ECPAT with support from the Inter-agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT). There is also a one-minute radio infomercial by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) to be aired in at least sixty-eight (68) PIA provincial radio networks  while provincial cable TVs will also show the Animated Faces video.

The video and radio infomercials are aimed to foster awareness of this ugly reality in our midst. Internal trafficking of children remains a huge problem in the Philippines. A study published in 2009 has found that domestic child trafficking in the country presents more challenges than cross-border trafficking. Internally, women and children are trafficked from poor communities and rural areas to urban areas such as Metro-Manila, Angeles City and Cebu City.

The Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT), composed of over forty (40) organizations nationwide, also states that there is an increasing number of child victims coming from urban areas like Quezon City who are trafficked to the rural areas in Luzon. This indicates an increasing threats for children not just in rural areas but in highly urbanized cities as well.

When confronted with human trafficking problems, everyone is encouraged to report to authorities by calling Action Line at 1343 in Metro Manila and 02-1343 for those in the provinces.


  1. Dear I-Cafe Pilipinas,

    Thank you very much for supporting ECPAT Philippines campaign to end sex trafficking of children & young people...

    Keep up the good work guys!

  2. Don't mention it. It is everybody's responsibility to support this worthy campaign for the sake of our children. The honor is ours for being involved in this information campaign.

    Good luck to ECPAT!

  3. To ICafe Pilipinas and ULOP Officers & Members:
    Greetings and Mabuhay po kayong lahat!

    In behalf of ECPAT Philippines, let me thank you, especially Mr. Ed Zafra, president, for being actively supportive of ECPAT's advocacy in relation to child protection from sexual exploitation.

    It was not very far back when your group - the internet cafe owners - from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and ECPAT met, during the first ever nationwide consultations done with icafe owners in relation to making information technology safe for children/youth.

    I remember that when we had that consultation held in Bayview Hotel in Manila, it was also the first time for some ULOP members to meet real time!
    Once again, maraming salamat ICafe Pilipinas and ULOP!



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