Countries around the world take a united stand against human trafficking on July 30, 2017.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 define a human trafficking victim as a person induced to perform labor or a commercial sex act through force, fraud, or coercion.
According to Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in a June 4, 2017 report, a proposed law will be introduced this July in Australia wherein convicted pedophiles in Australia on the National Child Offenders Register, as many as 20,000 who have been convicted and have been released from jail and are on the register, will be forbidden to travel abroad. Their passports will be cancelled. This means that thousands of children will be saved from sexual abuse by this promised legislation. This is a breakthrough commitment by the Australian government and a great example for other legislators around the world to follow.
A “world first,” it is a wake up call and challenge to other governments to introduce similar laws to stop child sex tourism that is rampant especially in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.
The latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report of the US State Department released in June 2017 shows the Philippines with a Tier 1 ranking for the second time in a row. The TIP Report is a diplomatic tool of the US Government to engage foreign governments on human trafficking.
Tier 1 is the highest ranking which indicates that a government has acknowledged the existence of human trafficking, made efforts to address the problem, and complies with the TVPA’s minimum standards.
According to the report, “The Philippine government demonstrated serious and sustained efforts by convicting and punishing more traffickers, identifying more victims through proactive screening procedures, and expanding its efforts to prevent trafficking of Filipino migrant workers.”
However, it was noted that the Philippine government failed to improve access to and quality of protection for trafficking victims, particularly the mental health care and services for male victims. The government also failed to “vigorously investigate and prosecute officials allegedly involved in trafficking crimes or expand its pilot program to address the backlog of trafficking cases in the courts.”
You can take a stand now and show your support against human trafficking by purchasing a piece of unique jewelry at https://www.facebook.com/sheworksmadeinhope/ and wear it when you’re out and about.
These bracelets and unique jewelry were made by women survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution who have found a safe haven at She W.O.R.K.S. (Women Of Reliability, Knowledge and Skills).
The women at She W.O.R.K.S. have undergone previous training from organizations/ ministries, but they would like to be better equipped to become instruments of change to other women/children/youth in difficult circumstances and their respective communities, and to grow deeper in their relationship with God.
The pilot training program at She W.O.R.K.S. which accommodates at least 5 survivors per batch runs for a year. Topics are modular and are conducted once a week. The training employs various teaching methods and approaches such as: participatory facilitation, individual and group mentoring and counseling (including business mentoring, savings group formation and group enterprise). Career assessment tools are being used to enable the survivors to map out their career paths. Practicum will be conducted in specific communities and on various occasions.
When your co-workers, neighbors, churchmates, or gym partners notice your unique jewelry, tell them about the women who made it and how you helped to secure their future. The simplest act of purchasing a piece and wearing it can make a world of difference for them.
She WORKS – Made in Hope
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