It conducted public campaigns utilizing television, social media, and other platforms to raise awareness of the dangers of trafficking and how to seek help, and numerous government agencies conducted seminars and anti-trafficking training sessions for government officials and community members. Identified victims were not punished for unlawful acts committed as a result of being trafficked; however, efforts to identify adult sex trafficking victims were inadequate, making such victims vulnerable to punishment. Protection for male victims—a growing population—remained severely limited. Philippines The Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has prepared a section in the Smartraveller website with a list of important legal information to be mindful of when visiting the Philippines: Between and Amnesty International received reports of more than 30 incidents of rape or other sexual abuse of women or girls in custody.
Nineteen national-level prosecutors and an additional 73 assigned to regional taskforces were designated to work on trafficking cases in addition to their regular workloads. Children and adults in conflict-afflicted areas were particularly vulnerable to trafficking; a violent crisis between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF in Zamboanga City and Basilan Province in September resulted in the displacement of more than , people and increased the vulnerability of children to recruitment by the MNLF, including for use as human shields. It is illegal to take photographs of official buildings for publication. Philippines The Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has prepared a section in the Smartraveller website with a list of important legal information to be mindful of when visiting the Philippines: Senior political figures have stated that drug addicts should also be killed. Of the 82 cases, 25 cases were recommended for prosecution. It is both a physical violation and injury as well as a humiliating assault on a woman's mental and emotional integrity. Further, victims lacked financial incentives to cooperate in criminal proceedings, as out-of-court settlements often resulted in monetary compensation, while financial penalties imposed upon offenders by courts often went unpaid. The government increased its funding to two assistance programs managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs DFA to provide basic services, repatriation, and legal services to distressed Filipinos overseas, many of whom are victims of trafficking. Prevention The government continued its robust efforts to prevent human trafficking during the reporting period. The government provided training on human trafficking to Philippine troops prior to their deployment abroad on international peacekeeping missions. A significant number of the estimated 10 million Filipino men, women, and children who migrate abroad for skilled and unskilled work are subsequently subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor, including through debt bondage, in factories, at construction sites, on fishing vessels, on agricultural plantations, as engineers or nurses, and in the shipping industry, as well as in domestic work, janitorial service, and other service sector jobs in Asia, throughout the Middle East, and increasingly in Europe. Forced labor and sex trafficking of men, women, and children within the country also remains a significant problem. The organization fears that this figure represents only a fraction of the real number of cases. Police at times conducted indiscriminate or fake raids on commercial sex establishments to extort bribes from managers, clients, and victims in the sex trade, sometimes threatening the victims with imprisonment. During the year, DOLE launched a livelihood assistance and entrepreneurial skills training program that benefitted women migrant workers returning from situations of distress overseas. However, an overall lack of long-term care, the absence of available mental health services, and the frequency of family involvement in facilitating exploitation left victims vulnerable to re-trafficking. Two of these sex trafficking cases were the first-ever trafficking convictions obtained in Pampanga, a province with a high prevalence of trafficking. The government reported that all individuals who were able to produce proper documentation were eventually permitted to travel. The government continued to employ an anti-trafficking taskforce model, in which prosecutors were assigned to assist law enforcement in building cases against suspected trafficking offenders; one new regional taskforce was established during the year, bringing the total to The DFA and other agencies that contribute staff to overseas diplomatic missions provided human trafficking training to personnel before their departure to foreign posts. In an effort to prevent child sex tourism, the government, in cooperation with United States law enforcement, arrested and deported two individuals to face charges for child sex crimes committed in the United States. Occurrences[ edit ] Women in custody[ edit ] Women in the custody of law enforcement officials in the Philippines are vulnerable to torture , including rape and sexual abuse. Government and NGO observers estimated the average length of trafficking cases to be between three-and-a-half and five years, and trafficking cases are currently in the trial stage. Government agencies in the Philippines and their representatives in overseas diplomatic missions coordinated with NGOs in other countries to provide temporary shelter, counseling, medical, legal, and repatriation assistance to 1, victims of trafficking and illegal recruitment identified abroad. The Supreme Court of the Philippines first ruled on a marital rape case in when it affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals upholding the conviction of the Cagayan de Oro City Regional Trial Court's conviction of a man who raped his wife in two occasions in
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