PH could be next haven for human trafficking, prostitution, De Lima warns

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Sen. Leila De Lima

The Philippines could be the next haven for human trafficking and prostitution due to the rising number sex workers in the country, Senator Leila De Lima told the government. 

Along with this, she called the concerned officials to strengthen the abolition of syndicates involved in human trafficking. 

De Lima also brought up the entrapment in Makati City, where police rescued six Vietnamese women from a reported prostitution racket. 

“If not acted upon immediately, the Philippines could become the next haven for trafficking and prostitution of foreign women,” she said.

Earlier, the Manila Police District (MPD) also arrested 10 female foreign nationals, nine of which were Russian and the other one was a Kazakhstan national, who worked in a nightclub in Malate. 

Last August 27, police in Lapu-Lapu City also rescued six Chinese women and their so-called handler in a prostitution raid after a source noticed that foreigners visit the place frequently. 

De Lima then encouraged the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), as well as the Bureau of Immigration (BI), to join forces in eradicating such illegal activities.

In the 17th Congress, De Lima has filed the Senate Resolution 1038 in accordance with her anti-human trafficking advocacy, seeking a probe in the alleged human trafficking operation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). 

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