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PH retains Tier 1 ranking in latest Trafficking in Persons Report

 

By Noreen Jazul

The Philippines has retained its Tier 1 ranking in the latest Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report of the United States Department of State.

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope)

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope)

This is the fifth year that the Philippines has received a Tier 1 ranking from the US State Department.

The annual TIP Report of the US ranks countries across the globe based on their efforts to combat “trafficking in persons.”

Tier 1 is the highest-ranking a country can be placed in. Countries given the ranking are those who have “made efforts to address the human trafficking problem that meet the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) minimum standards.”

According to the TIP report, a country needs to “demonstrate appreciable progress each year in combating trafficking” to maintain the Tier 1 ranking.

The Philippines is among four Asian countries with a Tier 1 ranking alongside Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.

“The Government of the Philippines fully meets the minimum PHILIPPINES 406 standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period; therefore the Philippines remained on Tier 1,” the TIP Report said.

The US Department of State also lauded the Philippines for its efforts in “improving the coordination of services for returning Filipino migrant workers who were victims of trafficking overseas, convicting and punishing traffickers, including an official complicit in sex trafficking and labor traffickers, increasing assistance to survivors who provide testimony, and increasing the use of prosecution procedures that reduce the potential for further harm to trafficking victims.”

The Philippine Embassy in the US, for its part, welcomed the Tier 1 retention of the country saying the ranking underlines the Philippines’ “seriousness in combating all forms of human trafficking.”

“We remain fully committed to working with domestic and international partners, including the US, in addressing this global concern,” the embassy said.

“In this context, the Philippines shall continue to engage with both labor-sending but more importantly labor-receiving countries in promoting the welfare and protecting the rights of migrant workers everywhere,” it added.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/26/ph-retains-tier-1-ranking-in-latest-trafficking-in-persons-report/)

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