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[People] Saving the victims of human trafficking by Fr. Shay Cullen

Saving the victims of human trafficking
by Fr. Shay Cullen

She was only 14 years old when brought from a distant town, and she was lured into a relationship with a middle-aged American and became his live-in sex partner. He called her “Chocolate”, a racist term.


In a conversation with reporters from ABC Television New York using a hidden camera, he told them how he got his 14 year-old “Chocolate” so he can “do it” anytime he wants and if she doesn’t like it he can throw her out and get another. He set up a sex bar named “Crow Bar” in Calapandayan, Subic Town, and there he had other underage girls trapped as sex slaves controlled by Lulu, the “Mamasan” (manager) and recruiter.

The trafficked young girls are given advance payments, loans, and threatened with arrest for not paying their debts so they can’t leave the sex bar. They are sold to foreigners of every nationality and sexually abused. The Preda Foundation social workers and undercover paralegal professionals investigated the Crow Bar and verified the facts that there were underage children there and called in the authorities to arrest him and the Mamasan. With the NBI and the US ICE agents, a raid was carried out to rescue the children and arrest the suspects. The video report is on http://www.preda.org video gallery named “The Raid”.

Many more trafficked children and youth could be saved from sex slavery and more bars closed if the Philippine government was serious in stopping the trafficking of the young girls and close down the sex trade by canceling operating permits and licenses given to these foreigner sex bar operators. Huge bribes are allegedly paid to get an operating permit.

It’s the worst kind of living death to be a victim of sex slavery. Now cyber-sex is expanding. Small rooms with internet connections and cameras can show small children forced to strip naked and act out sexual fantasies ordered over the internet by pedophiles and paid for by credit cards.

A recent research project in the Netherlands showed a computer generated image of a 10 year-old Filipina child available for contact in an internet chat room. As many as 10,000 men from 65 countries tried to get her to perform sex on camera that they could watch. Full report on http://www.preda.org, courtesy of Jubilee Campaign UK.

These images of naked children on the internet chat rooms arouse their sexual desires to abuse real children in their own countries. It’s a warm up for sexual assault on children even their own children. As a result, incest is spreading too. Preda social workers rescued a 3 year-old girl raped and infected with gonorrhea by a relative.

The local and international pedophile demand of cyber sex shows it is a grave danger to children in the Philippines and everywhere. The pedophiles pleasure themselves while watching before going child hunting. When the Preda child protection and rescue team applied for funding to church and government agencies it was met with silence or excuses. No funding for that. The rescue and campaign work is funded by the sale of dried mangos. We thank our Preda fair trade partners and supporters.

In the Philippines, the internet service providers and government regulating agencies are supposed to implement the law blocking such images but they have spectacularly failed to implement the law. It’s corruption of the worst kind. It’s likely most of these officials go to church every Sunday posing as pious parishioners.

It’s an evil that caters to the depraved men and plagues societies everywhere. The trafficking and sale of children for sexual exploitation and slavery is a worldwide crime and practice. It’s an estimated $32 billion business every year. 2.3 million children are abducted, lured and forced into brothels, sex bars and cyber-sex dens and child porn studios annually.

It’s rampant in the Philippines due to the widespread poverty, corrupt practices by police and prosecution. Many Philippine government officials are mired in corruption and no interest to help except set up well paid committees with huge budgets staffed by cronies. The President who has positive successes is honest but appears helpless against such entrenched apathy.

This modern slave-trade will go on indefinitely unless we can persuade government to have good moral governance, respect and protect children and women’s rights and dignity and the Mayors are not giving permits and licenses to sex bars and clubs .The citizens of the sending countries must know that these sex tourists get in an addiction to underage sex and return to their country addicted and will abuse more children there. It’s not a problem far away but right in every country in the world. Email shaycullen@preda.org, Mail to P.O. box 68 Olongapo city 2200, Philippines.

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[People] When authority is perverse, abuse is rife. by Fr. Shay Cullen

When authority is perverse, abuse is rife.
Fr. Shay Cullen

19 June 2013


It’s all about power and fear. Several impoverished, abused, cheated and beaten Filipino female workers taking shelter in Middle Eastern Philippine embassies have been allegedly sexually assaulted and prostituted by some corrupt and depraved embassy officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs, according to Walden Bello, the sociologist turned Congressman in a press conference in Manila recently. He named two of the officials and gave the nick-name of a third. Yet many more have been involved in this despicable and criminal activity and dozens of young women have been violated.

They are vulnerable, lonely, isolated in a foreign country, and victims of physical and sexual abuse by their foreign employers. They escaped and ran for help and shelter to the Philippine embassies in Jordan, Syria and Kuwait. These young women, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), are totally dependent on the Embassy officials when they take them into the embassy shelter with promises that the Philippine Government would protect and repatriate them.

Instead of being helped, many of them were subjected to humiliating and shameful sexual exploitation by corrupt and depraved officials themselves. Not only were they forced to perform sexual acts with some officials, but they were sold into sexual slavery in the city from which the embassy officials earned a lot of money.

Representative Walden Bello told a news conference that his source is a high official of the Department of Foreign affairs and he named names. The young victims were too scared and helpless to resist the power of the government officials. Just imagine what most likely went on in the embassy shelters to coerce and threaten them into submission and docility. They likely received threats of dire punishment if they told anyone about it.

Imagine it might have happened like this to a fictional young woman named Rosa.

Embassy Official in a closed embassy room: “Rosa, I will help you get home to the Philippines, you can earn some money, just let’s have a little fun first.”

Rosa tries to resist: “No, no, please don’t touch me, leave me alone, that’s what the evil employer did to me; he raped me, don’t, don’t.”

Official, pulling an angry stern face: “You are here under my power, if you don’t do as I say, I will send you back out to your employer and the authorities, you will be on the street without documents or passport, do you understand? You will be arrested and jailed.”

Rosa: “Please sir, don’t do that, I want to go home I have not seen my family for years, I have nothing, no money, no job, no food. I have been cheated, robbed and raped, please don’t cancel my air ticket”.
She was by now crying and howling, tears streaming down her face but the official seemed to be aroused by her distress and moved to sexually exploit her.

Most of the Embassy employees had to know about it, but remained silent or worse, may have been involved too. Why did they not blow the whistle and come to the rescue of the women? Their silence can only be understood as approval, or they were silenced by threats and fear. A culture of fear of higher authority can overpower the moral values of even a strongest and most spiritual person. Courage and belief in human dignity and rights and know how to get help is what is needed.

The young women are silent also, fear has a paralyzing power to subjugate and render people unable to resist or speak against the exploiter or abuser. Some government authority figures have an arrogant sense of superiority; they tend to trivialize sexual crimes.

The worst part of all this is that the suffering victims are treated as if they are an enemy, a hostile ungrateful beneficiary out to hurt the man. We can imagine an arrogant rapist official scolding his abused victim.

“You are an ungrateful brat, no better than a prostitute, you should feel honored that I, an important official and your superior, would lower myself to have sex with the likes of you, an impoverished non-person. You should be grateful for the help we have for you here instead of protesting and complaining”.

Such depravity and criminality leaves the normal person breathless, angry and bewildered. But for those in positions of power and ascendency whether it be government, church or in the family, the abuse of power by threats of dire punishment against the weak and helpless creates deeply held fear.

The poor know the rich and powerful can murder and rape with impunity. For the powerful, it seems an entitlement, a privilege of power. The senior Philippine embassy officials in Jordan, Syria and Kuwait have been recalled to answer the complaints. Not before their time.

E-mail shaycullen@preda.org, letters send to: St. Columban’s, Widney Manor road, Solihull, B93 9AB, UK.

(Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Universe, The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.)

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[From the web] Human trafficking simplified: lawyer defines offenses for media practitioners -GMA News

Human trafficking simplified: lawyer defines offenses for media practitioners.

March 26, 2012

Dubbed as “modern-day slavery,” human trafficking affects millions of individuals and families around the world, most of whom were driven to such situation by a singular desire to rise above poverty.

However, this issue — while widespread — is said to have remained in the backburner of many people’s minds because of both its complicated definition under the rule of law and the simplicity of the acts through which they occur.

Over the weekend, representatives of the Interagency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) sat down with members of the media to explain the issue in bite-sized terms.

Trafficking defined

According to IACAT lawyer Patty Sison-Arroyo, trafficking is determined by The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 (RA No. 9280) with the following elements combined:

acts (such as recruit, transport, transfer, harbor, receive);

means (threat, coercion, abduction, fraud or deception, abuse of power); and

purpose for exploitation (for sexual, labor, or even physical abuse that comes in the removal of organs).

“The exploitative purpose need not be carried out as long as there is evidence of such intent,” she said, adding that the proof may come in written or spoken transactions or a noticeable pattern of operations.

Trafficking may come in any of the following schemes, which can get perpetrators 20 years in prison and a fine of P1 million to P2 million:

sex trafficking (prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation);

forced labor (slavery, debt bondage, involuntary servitude);

organ trafficking; and children in armed activities.

The offense, however, is considered more grave by the law when it involves a minor, wherein the “means” is taken off the formula.

“This is done because children are incapable of consent,” Sison-Arroyo said. “This also goes for persons over 18 years old who may have the mental age of a child.”

Other factors that aggravate punishment (to life imprisonment and a fine of P2 million to P5 million) include:

when a person is recruited to engage in prostitution with any member of the military or law enforcement agencies;

when the trafficker is an ascendant, parent, sibling, or guardian; and

when it is done by a syndicate (three or more traffickers) or in large scale (three or more victims).

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[From the web] Jericho Rosales produces an anti-human trafficking indie film titled Alagwa -www.pep.ph

Jericho Rosales produces an anti-human trafficking indie film titled Alagwa

Allan Sancon, http://www.pep.ph
April 03, 2012

Karamihan sa mga artista ngayon ay hindi lang pag arte ang pinagkakaabalahan. Maging ang pagdi direk at pagpo produce ng film ay pinapasok na nila. Isa na rito ang aktor na si Jericho Rosales na siyang nagproduce ng kanyang unang indie film na pinamagatang Alagwa.

Bukod sa pagiging producer, si Echo rin ang gaganap na bida sa indie film na ito. Kasama niya rito ang bida ng ABS-CBN teleserye na E-Boy, si Bugoy Cariño. Sa recent set visit para sa teleserye ni Echo na pinamagatang Dahil Sa Pag-Ibig, nagkaroon ang ibang press at ang PEP.ph ng pagkakataon na makapanayam ang aktor tungkol sa indie film na ito.

Ani Jericho, “It’s my first time to produce an indie film, ang title niya Alagwa, directed by Ian Loreños. Ipapalabas siya dito sa Pilipinas then dadalhin sa ibang bansa. We are working with the Visayan Forum that supported by USA against human trafficking. So, may advocacy yung movie na ito, yun nga yung against human trafficking.”

Ang Alagwa (international title: Breakaway) ay inspired ng isang urban legend tungkol sa isang bata na nawala sa Chinatown.

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UN: 2.4 million human trafficking victims | Sun.Star

UN: 2.4 million human trafficking victims | Sun.Star.

April 4, 2012

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. crime-fighting office said 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and 80 percent of them are being used as sexual slaves.

Yuri Fedotov, the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, told a daylong General Assembly meeting on trafficking Tuesday that two out of every three victims are women.

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[In the news] Group against sex trafficking launched | The Philippine Star News Headlines

Group against sex trafficking launched | The Philippine Star News Headlines.

By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star)

Manila, Philippines – Various government and non-government organizations (NGOs) have joined hands in the campaign to fight sex trafficking in the country.

Representatives from government, media, the business sector and NGOs gathered at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel Wednesday night in support of the Called to Rescue Foundation, a non-profit worldwide organization involved in rescuing minor children from sex trafficking, violence and abuse.

The event also saw the launching of a 24/7 hotline number – 0906 3063889 – that will respond to emergency or crisis calls from victims of trafficking.

“With all of us working together this situation in your country can be taken care of… as we all come together we can make this a sex trafficking-free country,” Dr. Cyndi Romine, president of Called to Rescue said.

Romine noted that one out of 10 trafficked children in the world is Filipino. “Every 12 minutes, a Filipino child is sex trafficked,” she said.

NBN-ZTE deal whistleblower Rodolfo Lozada, The STAR columnists Jarius Bondoc and Cito Beltran, beauty and wellness expert Cory Quirino and singer Kuh Ledesma were among the personalities who joined the stepped-up drive against sex trafficking.

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