MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos here and abroad are encouraged to join a poster making contest on the subject of human trafficking prevention on social networking site, Facebook.
The Blas F. Ople Center decided to use Facebook as its platform for the contest as illegal recruiters and human traffickers have also discovered the power of the social networking site to recruit and victimize Filipinos.
"The inter-connectivity of family and friends through Facebook has made it easier for human trafficking and illegal recruitment syndicates to use it to harm others. It’s time that we counter such offensives by using Facebook to remind everyone to check carefully before accepting job offers here and abroad," the group said.
Filipinos, regardless of age, and whether based here or abroad are eligible to join. However, relatives of employees of the Ople Center are not allowed to participate in the contest.
They must also have a single active Facebook account and should ‘like’ or be a fan of the “Prevent Trafficking Now” Facebook page prior to submitting their entry to the contest. Only one entry is allowed per participant.
The entry form can be downloaded at http://www.blasoplecenter.com/contest and submit it to [email protected].
Entries must focused on forced labor trafficking and not sex trafficking. Forced trafficking refers to the extraction of work or services from any person by means of enticement, violence, intimidation or threat, use of force or coercion, including deprivation of freedom, abuse of authority or moral ascendancy, debt-bondage or deception.
"For example, when conflict in Syria broke out, the Philippine government had to negotiate for the freedom of Filipino domestic workers who were recruited illegally to work there. Based on some of the stories shared by the repatriated OFWs, it appears that quite a few of them are actual victims of forced labor trafficking: deployed without proper documents, forced to work under inhumane conditions (long hours of work, no restdays, unpaid or over-delayed salaries)," the Ople Center said.
All posters must be in jpeg format (2048x2048 px. It must also contain the following text:
“Not all job offers are real. Check before you accept.
Call 722 – 1144 to 1155 (POEA) or 1343 (IACAT). A human trafficking prevention project by the Blas F. Ople Center and The Asia Foundation”
"All posters must also include the logos and hotlines of the Blas F. Ople Center, The Asia Foundation, the POEA and IACAT, all of which can be downloaded through http://www.blasoplecenter.com/contest," the Ople Center said.
The Facebook campaign vs Human Trafficking is a call to action for all job applicants and every citizen to be wary about illegal recruitment and human trafficking activities on Facebook.
Deadline of submissions for short-listing will be on November 25, 2012. The top 20 entries will be posted on http://www.facebook.com/preventtraffickingnow from November 26, 2012 (Monday) to December 8, 2012 (Saturday).
The winning entry will be notified and announced on or before December 12, which also happens to be the International Day Against Human Trafficking.
The winner will receive an IPad Mini and a certificate of recognition from the Blas F. Ople Center.