An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is lamenting the government’s lack of viable solutions in confronting human trafficking.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, head of the CBCP – National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (Nassa) said even other religious sectors were alarmed on the escalating number of trafficking victims.
“We want a massive action against human trafficking and the different groups want to be involved in this. We could no longer just keep silent about this,” the prelate said on Saturday.
He said human trafficking affects a lot of individuals because it involves moral issues including sex trafficking, forced labor, child labor and white slavery.
“It’s happening in the country as those in the provinces are being brought to Metro Manila. It also happens on the international level, wherein persons are being trafficked to other countries secretly,” Pabillo said.
He said the CBCP, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) have formed an alliance against human trafficking.
“We want to join all our efforts to work against human trafficking… we may not be aware of it but this problem is actually worsening victimizing a lot of people,” Pabillo said.
Topping their agenda is the Freedom Forum on September.
The Philippines remains on the Tier 2 ranking on the human trafficking assessment of the United States government because it has not fully complied with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
JOHANNA M. SAMPAN