by Aytch Dela Cruz, Mar 5, 2017
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) urged the public anew to report all cases of human trafficking through its hotline number 1343 in its continuing and intensified campaign against the crime.
According to DSWD project officer Elgin Mazo, human trafficking is often cited as one of the standard cases of violence against women recorded by the department based on its 2016 data.
Human trafficking refers to the illegal transport of people from one country or area to another for forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. It is considered a transnational crime because of its actual and potential effects across national borders.
Thus far, the social welfare agency said it has served 2,797 women in especially difficult circumstances or those who were victims of sexual violence, abuse, exploitation, illegal recruitment, human trafficking, and armed conflict.
The DSWD is part of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) of the government which is in charge of implementing adequate recovery and reintegration services to victims of human trafficking.