Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday called on Filipinos to help stop human trafficking.
His appeal coincided with the commemoration of International Day Against Trafficking.
“I call on everyone to do their part in putting an end to human trafficking. Let us be one with Pope Francis in condemning ‘the growing scourge of man’s exploitation by man,’ ” Binay said in a statement.
Many Filipinos especially in the Visayas who have already fallen victim to nature’s wrath, according to the Vice President, should not be subjected to “further suffering by preying on and taking advantage of their weakness.”
The Philippines, the statement said, ranked No. 1 in Asia, No. 3 in Asia Pacific and No. 29 globally in terms of government response against human trafficking, according to the 2014 Global Slavery Index released by Walkfree Foundation.
“While this reflects the gains we have achieved so far in securing the welfare of our people from the menace of modern slavery, much remains to be done. Unscrupulous groups and individuals continue to find ways to take advantage of others, especially the poor and those who were affected by disasters,” Binay said.
“People who are in dire financial need and children who have been orphaned by tragedies are easy targets for human traffickers,” the Vice President noted.
He assured the people that the government will continue to find ways to improve efforts to curb trafficking in persons in the Philippines.