Trafficking In Persons

What is Trafficking In Persons (TIP)?

Trafficking in persons is an illegal act and is considered a violation of human rights.

Acts: it involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of persons with or without the victim's consent or knowledge, within or across national borders;

Means: it is committed by use of threat, use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or the giving or receiving of payment or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person; and

Purposes: it is done for the purpose of exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, involuntary servitude, or the removal or sale of organs.

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is punishable under Republic Act No. 9802, otherwise known as the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. 

Any person found guilty of committing any of the acts constituting TIP shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment of twenty (20) years and a fine of not less than one million pesos (Php 1,000,000.00) but not more than two million pesos (P2,000,000.00). 

If the offender is a corporation, partnership, association, club, establishment, or any juridical person, the penalty shall be imposed upon the owner, president, partner, manager, and/or any responsible officer who participated in the commission of the crime or who shall have knowingly permitted or failed to prevent its commission. 

The registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and license to operate of the erring agency, corporation, association, religious group, tour or travel agent, club or establishment, or any place of entertainment shall be canceled and revoked permanently. 

The owner, president, partner, or manager thereof shall not be allowed to operate similar establishments in a different name. If the offender is a foreigner, he shall be immediately deported after serving his sentence and be barred permanently from entering the country. 

Source: PIA Eastern Visayas via Philippine Commission on Women

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