Philippines on watchlist on worst human traffickers


The Philippines is known to be an exporter of skilled and professional manpower, however, it has recently landed on the watchlist of Big Brother US as one of the worst human trafficker countries as reported by CNN.com. In its report on human trafficking, the US spared no one even listing vital friendly states as worst offenders.

New worst human trafficking countries included Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The US also listed Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan and Venezuela among the worst offending countries according to the CNN report.

I believe part of the Philippines reaction to this report and in response to alleged irregularities among immigration employees, the Bureau of Immigration recently dissolved its monitoring and enforcement unit at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Apparently there are still good souls within the Bureau that the unit was dissolved on its alleged connivance with human traffickers.

Worst human trafficer countries have 90 days to clean up their acts or face sanctions. Those in the watchlist, which included 32 other countries including China, the Dominican Repulic, Egypt, Mexico and Russia, are given one year to act on the evaluation or face another assessment and possibly sanctions.

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