Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign Continues in the Philippines
New advocates distributing and explaining the infographic materials
During the COVID-19 lockdown throughout the Philippines, our partner, Honor 1000 staff from the provinces of Bataan and Siquijor have continued house-to-house activities for the Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign – distributing infographic materials and communicating with parents and children the dangers of human trafficking and online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC). Recently, 7 young adults from Siquijor, who have expressed desire to join the advocacy, have been trained.
Maricar from Honor 1000 speaking during the HTAC event
Also just this quarter, this team of young advocates in Siquijor successfully conducted a Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign (HTAC) session, where 87 people took part. Health and safety precautions were followed and the teachers of the local public school, the police, and the local officials helped with the program. The head of the local police even served as a resource speaker, and imparted some information and knowledge they have on the issue.
The head of the local community was grateful that their area was chosen to hold the event. She said that this advocacy is very helpful in raising the residents’ awareness about the danger of human trafficking and OSAEC. We hope that with this knowledge, the parents will now be more vigilant and protective of their children.
Parents who attended the HTAC event, reading the infographic materials on human trafficking
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Microfinance Women and Staff Supporting Each Other
Because of the pandemic, most of the Philippines has been placed on lockdown since last year. This has challenged our program to adapt and comply with the health protocols that each municipality has set. We are grateful to have a dedicated team who diligently visits each area and client.
After several months of another strict lockdown in Manila, public schools are getting ready once again for module distribution. This allows us to reach out to more students despite schools being closed.
As young as 9 years old, Elaine (name changed for privacy) was pimped by her mom to customers along the street, and at 10 years old, Elaine started working in bars. She was finally rescued a year after and is now safe in shelter.
The journey to sustainability varies for each of the client moms of Honor 1000's Microfinance Program. There are various factors and conditions contributing to this, but one thing remains unchanged and that is the support provided to these moms.
The fight against OSAEC (online sexual abuse and exploitation of children) and human trafficking may be complex and long. But the increased involvement of leaders and advocates encourages us to continue pushing forward.