The campaign for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2023 aims to raise awareness of disturbing developments and trends identified by UNODC and calls on governments, law enforcement, public services, and civil society to assess and enhance their efforts to strengthen prevention, identify and support victims, and end impunity.

In 2021, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared July of every year as the “National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Awareness Month.”

Proclamation No. 1180, signed by Duterte on July 6, directs the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), in coordination with concerned agencies, to lead the observance and implementation of the event.

With the global expansion in the use of technology, the crime of human trafficking has conquered cyberspace. The internet and digital platforms offer traffickers numerous tools to recruit, exploit, and control victims; organize their transport and accommodation; advertise victims and reach out to potential clients; communicate among perpetrators; and hide criminal proceeds – and all that with greater speed, cost-effectiveness, and anonymity.

Moreover, technology allows these criminals to operate internationally across jurisdictions and evade detection with greater ease. Traffickers use social media to identify, groom, and recruit victims, including children; e-mails and messaging services are used for the moral coercion of the victims; and online platforms allow traffickers to widely advertise services provided by victims, including child photographic material.

What we gather this month:
Reports of various forms of gender-based violence continued. How responsive are laws in the Philippines? Are there instances in which we need to rethink about how we deal with gender and ICT?

Press Freedom. Press freedom is an integral part of freedom of expression. 

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Philippine Government Initiatives.  The government rolled out initiatives to surface nuances on women’s rights in the digital environment

Tech for Good or Bad? Technology is neither good nor bad—it is the use to which it is put that makes the difference.

Connect-Your-Rights. Internet rights are economic, social and cultural rights

Digital Safety & Security Tips

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