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Pres. Aquino wants a tougher stance to eliminate human trafficking

Aquino administration will focus on tougher measures to eradicate human trafficking.

During a one-on-one interview with GMA’s Sandra Aguinaldo with the President, Aquino said that the authorities are currently pursuing those who engage in human trafficking, GMA news report said. The Dept of Labor and Employment, Dept of Foreign Affairs, and Dept of Justice are all focused on the problem.
Aquino said he received information last year that only four complaints were filed against someone who allegedly victimized hundreds, "365 days in a year."
"The law is tough.  It must be implemented," he said.
Since 2001, Philippines remains on US government’s human trafficking watch list due to its "inefficient judicial system" and "endemic corruption" in the government, a report said.
Sometime in August, Justice Secretary De Lima signed a US$500K three-year project agreement with the US to combat human trafficking.
De Lima noted that in 2009, there were 206 human trafficking cases filed and of the hundreds of such cases filed before the courts only 23 cases led to convictions since the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act was enacted in 2003.
The Philippines is expected to improve the prosecution of such cases by February next year.  Otherwise, the government is at risk of losing some $250million in aid from the US State Department.