4 trafficking, prostitution cases logged in Caraga in H1 ‘22

4 trafficking, prostitution cases logged in Caraga in H1 ‘22

BUTUAN CITY – The Regional Women and Child Protection Desk (RWCPD) of the Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13) has recorded four cases of human trafficking and online prostitution of children during the first six months of this year.

In a virtual press briefing Wednesday, Major Junalyn Suan, PRO-13 RWCPD head, said the four cases included an incident of trafficking of a minor that took place sometime in May this year in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.

Suan said the victim was later rescued in Santa Ana, Manila.

Two cases of online sexual exploitation of children were also recorded during the period in this city: A case in violation of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, and Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.

“All the victims in these incidents were rescued and provided with support while cases against the perpetrators were filed in court,” Suan said.

Suan also reported the decline in the number of incidents of human trafficking and child prostitution in the region.

Last year, she said 13 incidents of human trafficking and child prostitution were recorded in Caraga Region.

Jessie Catherine Aranas, chief of the Protective Services Division of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-13, said the decrease in human trafficking and child prostitution cases in the region can be partly attributed to DSWD’s continuing awareness campaigns.

“Our awareness campaigns are also focused on the call to the people to be part of the fight against human trafficking and child prostitution,” Aranas said.

In a statement, Department of Tourism-13 Director Nelia Arina added that the agency ensures trafficking of persons within the context of travel and tourism in the region will be stopped.

“Our office strongly advocates to put an end to human trafficking and supports penalizing those who commit such atrocious acts of crime against humanity,” she said. (PNA)

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