Calls flood human trafficking hotline

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2011 10:16 PM | Updated as of Apr 19 2011 06:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of complaints on human trafficking incidents have been reported to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) since the launch of its hotline 1343 more than a month ago, a commission official said.

Some of the complaints have resulted in 7 court cases.

Regina Galias, division chief of CFO’s migrant integration and education division, said they are working with police, as well as other government and non-government agencies in helping victims of human trafficking.

She urged people to come forward and file human trafficking complaints through the hotline.

“We really want people to have that responsibility of reporting,” Galias said.

CFO technical consultant Eileen Aparis said the commission has grassroots programs to solve human trafficking.

“We do prevention. We do community education programs. We go to barangays to coordinate with the police and schools,” she said.

“We also partner with non-profit organization and international justice missions, disseminate to the public,” she added. - ANC