MANILA, Oct. 12, 2015 – An international anti-human trafficking network extended last week its campaign against exploitation of women to an island province in the Bicol Region.
In an e-mail message, Sr. Adel Abamo, SDS, Talitha Kum Philippines animator, said the network “is in the diocese of Masbate now” campaigning to end trafficking of women in the province.
Citing Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking as a source, Masbate ranks 5th among the 10 provinces in the country with the most number of trafficking cases, with Cebu at the top, she said.
Prostitution and poverty
“Women from Masbate are trafficked to Cebu and other nearby provinces for prostitution.”
Victims are mostly college students, ages 16 to 20-years old, Abamo said. They are forced into prostitution by poverty.
“Some resort to prostitution to pay their tuition fees,” she said.
According to Abamo, Talitha Kum can link the women to other partners that espouse the same advocacy of freeing them from prostitution.
According to the nun, the group and its government, and non-government organization partners can provide them with employable skill trainings.
Focus on Masbate
“Everyone should be part of the advocacy to prevent women from getting trafficked,” Abamo said.
Since the major root of prostitution is poverty, it should be addressed by providing women with employment and livelihood projects, she said.
Masbate “is the first of 10 dioceses in the country where Talitha Kum will push its advocacy,” Abamo said. (Oliver Samson / CBCP News)