With the theme, “Let’s act now to protect and assist trafficking victims,” the Regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking- Violence Against Women and Their Children (RIACAT-VAWC) in northern Mindanao observed the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 28 by distributing information, education and communication (IEC) materials to hotels and inns in the city.
Aileen Nor Carlos of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 said that there were three inns which confirmed their support for the campaign namely, R Suites, Mardale Pension and Golden Pension.
Members of the RIACAT-VAWC were then able to hang tarpaulins and distribute IEC materials to the said inns. Owners and managers of the three inns were also oriented on how they can help in stopping human trafficking in their establishment.
Representatives from Balaod Mindanaw stressed that it is important for these establishments to check on the identity of minors who will be brought inside the facility. The inns were also reminded to always look for an identification card or birth certificate of the minor.
This year’s theme highlights one of the most pressing issues of today—the large mixed migration movements of refugees and migrants. It also puts the spotlight on the significant impact of conflict and natural disasters, as well as the resultant, multiple risks of human trafficking that many people face.
The RIACAT-VAWC also said that the theme aims to address the key issue concerning trafficking responses that most people are never identified as trafficking victims and therefore cannot access most of the assistance or protection provided.(RTP/PIA10)