DATU ODIN SINSUAT, MAGUINDANAO – In response to the plight of 25 trafficking victim-survivors here, the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) intervened through a holistic and integrated approach. An orientation on Human Trafficking and Online Sexual Exploitation on Children, as well as psychosocial activities, were provided to the 20 trafficked women and 5 abused/abandoned children on September 23-24, 2021 in Barangay Kusiong.
During the activity, participants were oriented on human trafficking and the emerging issue of online exploitation, especially in the context of a pandemic. The psychosocial session also allowed the participants to share their experiences and sentiments, which were processed by social workers. De-stressing activities included interactive games and art therapy.
Part of the holistic approach is the provision of livelihood capital of PhP 15,000 through the Bangsamoro Sagip Kabuhayan (BSK) Program, hygiene kits, relief goods for the victim-survivors’ immediate needs, as well as educational and transportation assistance.
MSSD social workers also administered case management, referral for skills training, and family counseling, and worked towards family and community reintegration.
“𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙈𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙮’𝙨 𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙛𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙣, 𝙞𝙛 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣 (𝙏𝙄𝙋) 𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙚𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥 𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙢-𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙫𝙤𝙧𝙨 𝙖𝙫𝙤𝙞𝙙 𝙧𝙚-𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙯𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣, 𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙙𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙢𝙢𝙖, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢 𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙘 𝙨𝙪𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙮,” said Jan Michelle Agata, MSSD’s Specialist on Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons (RRTP).
The 20 trafficking victim-survivors, aged 17 to 24, come from Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Matanog, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Parang, Buldon, Upi, Barira, Talitay, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Datu Hoffer Ampatuan, Datu Piang, and Talayan.
All the 20 trafficked women were rescued in 2018, with eight of them being taken cared of initially by the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Nayon ng Kabataan in Mandaluyong City, while the rest were repatriated from Syria and accommodated by the Philippine Embassy therein for more than three (3) years.
Prior to the return of the trafficking victim-survivors, MSSD’s RRPTP and Women Welfare Program (WWP) had coordinated with the above-mentioned institutions as well as the Court of Appeals, as some were held in Manila while they stood as witnesses during the hearings against the traffickers.
From January – September 2021, there is a total of 56 documented cases of TIP across the Bangsamoro region, according to an RRPTP report.
“𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚’𝙨 𝙖 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙭𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙡. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚, 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙗𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙒𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙤𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩 𝙏𝙄𝙋,” said Agata.
Agata added that “𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙈𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙖𝙡 𝙎𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙒𝙚𝙡𝙛𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙊𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙧𝙨 (𝙈𝙎𝙒𝙊𝙨) 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙮 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨, 𝙞𝙛 𝙖𝙣𝙮.”
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