CEBU CITY — Young leaders in Cebu province signed a covenant Friday to help prevent and report human trafficking cases in their cities and towns.
At least 1,000 boys and girls attended the covenant-signing by the Panlalawigang Pederasyon ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan (PPSK) and Movement of Anti-Trafficking Advocates (Mata).
“Children are not items to be sold, they are not for sale. Do not tarnish their image. Please uphold their dignity and innocence,” said Aladdin Caminero, PPSK president and youth representative to the Cebu Provincial Board.
“It is very distressing to note that several raids conducted have led to the arrest and prosecution of relatives and neighbors of the victims themselves,” Caminero said in his speech.
A similar observation was raised in the US State Department‘s Trafficking in Persons Report 2011.
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