Trafficking Remains Key Concern for Plan International
Trafficking remains a key concern for Plan International and they are committed to working closely with the Philippine government to tackle this issue.
Plan has worked closely with the Philippine government since 2005 on anti-trafficking measures. Plan’s most recent Community-Based Anti-Trafficking in Persons project worked in conjunction with the Philippine government to prevent trafficking and protect, care for and rehabilitate survivors of trafficking.
According to Carin van der Hor, Country Director of Plan Philippines:
Experiences from similar disasters show that the potential for human trafficking, particularly of women and children, increases after a humanitarian crisis such as Typhoon Haiyan. With this in mind, Plan has extended and further intensified its anti-trafficking project for another two years, with a focus on the post-disaster context.
Plan will work in partnership with the Philippine government to address both the ‘source’ and ‘exit’ points for trafficking. Communities in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan will be targeted with information and awareness-raising activities that help them to understand the risks of trafficking within and outside the Philippines. These communities will then work together with Plan’s support to ensure the safety of vulnerable women and children.
Plan will work with the Philippine government to strengthen anti-trafficking mechanisms at ‘exit’ points such as airports and seaports where trafficked women and children may be removed from the country or sent to large cities.
In the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Plan’s anti-trafficking project staff worked with local authorities in Samar to report concerns about a small number of adolescents recruited to work in Angeles city in Pampanga from Samar. The Department of Social Welfare and Development is investigating this in line with procedures developed as part of the joint anti-trafficking project.
Plan will continue to support these combined efforts to ensure the safety and security of vulnerable children and women from areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan and elsewhere and is confident that this issue remains a priority for the Government under the leadership of Social Welfare Secretary Soliman and the Department of Justice.