MANILA – The Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (chaired by Department of Justice) and the Film Development Council of the Philippines observed on Tuesday July 31 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons with a Cineforum film “Across the Crescent Moon” at Cinematheque Manila.
The award-winning advocacy film stars Matteo Guidicelli, Dina Bonnevie, Christopher de Leon and Gabby Concepcion, and tackles sex trafficking and illegal migration that is endemic in the Southern Philippines.
CFO Usec. Astravel Pimentel-Naik, FDCP Chairperson Liza Dino, DOJ Usec. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, Police Chief Superintendent William S Macavinta, and film director and producer Baby Nebrida led IACAT members and partners, Philippine National Police, academe and student organizations, international organizations and civil society groups.
The Cineforum is one of the main activities lined up for the week-long celebration of the global event in the Philippines, which mainly aims to raise public awareness on human trafficking, particularly those involving children.
In her address, Usec. Naik highlighted the stories of the victims of human trafficking investigated and rescued by the multi-agency coalition.
“Human trafficking is evil. It strips our men, women, children, and youth of their dreams and dignity,” Usec. Naik said.
The agency had attended to more than 500 cases since 2015 which involved foreign and domestic recruiters who in some cases also included the parents of the victims.
In 2013, the United Nations General adopted a resolution designating July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”
According to the United Nations, this year’s campaign highlights the fact that almost a third of trafficking victims are children. The theme thus draws attention to the issues faced by trafficked children and to possible action initiatives linked to safeguarding and ensuring justice for child victims.