Human trafficking victims get assistance in Philippines

Human trafficking victims get assistance in Philippines

THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office has provided livelihood assistance to six women-survivors of human trafficking.

Five of the six beneficiaries were survivors of local human trafficking. The other one is a survivor of a cross border trafficking whose recruiter was convicted and jailed in 2010.

The assistance was released in the form of checks amounting to P10,000 for each beneficiary through the DSWD's Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons.

She said the DSWD continuously look into the welfare of the victims from their psychosocial wellness to reintegration into their families and communities.

Rojas also said the DSWD provided assistance to the beneficiaries to encourage them to start small-scale businesses and other livelihood activities that will generate income to sustain their daily needs as the agency aimed to empower them.

DSWD records showed that lack of job opportunities or limited employment is one of the main causes why Filipinos easily accede to offers by illegal recruiters.

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