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16/03/2011: Consulate announces hotline numbers for human trafficking victims

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March 15, 2011

 

Consulate announces hotline numbers for human trafficking victims

At the Kapihan organized by the Philippine American Press Club held on March 12, representatives from the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security discussed their organizations’ efforts to assist victims and punish the perpetrators in the fight against human trafficking.

Human trafficking is generally defined as the use of fraud or coercion to recruit, transport, buy and sell human beings for labor or sexual exploitation.

“We are aware that a number of Filipinos are vulnerable to being trafficked. The Consulate is seriously committed in assisting our Kababayans to facilitate their recovery and return to normal life, in addition to ensuring that the perpetrators are penalized by the justice system, both in the US and in the Philippines,” Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. remarked.

Kababayans in the community play a significant role in anti-human trafficking efforts by reporting cases to authorities so that these can be investigated and resolved.  It is important to note that victims, if found eligible, will be given assistance to ensure that they will be given legal status to stay in the US.

To report human trafficking, following are the hotline numbers:

  • ·         The Assistance to Nationals Officer, Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco:  1-415-748-9888, ATN@philippinessanfrancisco.org
  • ·         US Federal Bureau of Investigation:  1-415-553-7400
  • ·         Trafficking and Workers Exploitation Task Force Complaint Line, US Department of Justice: 1-888-428-7581
  • ·         US Department of Homeland Security:  1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-888-347-2-423)