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Capitol welcomes MTV’s help against trafficking

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

The Capitol welcomed an international media organization into its network that fights against human trafficking.

The Music Television End Exploitation and Trafficking (MTV EXIT) held a Cebu Roadshow Public Outreach last June 17 at the Activity Center of SM City Cebu.

There was a screening of MTV EXIT videos during the activity. The videos showed the stories of human trafficking victims who were lured to work abroad to get their families out of poverty.

MTV EXIT is the world’s largest behavior change campaign in the fight against trafficking and exploitation. It is a multimedia initiative to end human trafficking and modern slavery, including labor trafficking.

MTV tapped the country’s youth sector to “contribute to the reduction of human trafficking through the design and implementation of innovative interventions that equip young people to make informed, empowered decisions and take social action.”

MTV defined huuman trafficking as “the buying and selling of men, women and children within countries and across borders for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced labor.”

Mtvexit.org reads, “While estimates of the scale of global human trafficking vary, the United Nations International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million adults and children in forced labour, bonded labour, and commercial sexual exploitation at any given time.”

Human trafficking usually takes shape when recruiters promised its potential victims of a better life away from their homes or out of their countries.

“These victims are deceived. That is why a campaign like this is very important,” said Catherine Hamlin, Democracy and Governance Team Leader of USAID.

Provincial Board Members Miguel Antonio Magpale and Arleigh Sitoy represented the Cebu Provincial Government during the occasion. Magpale said the entry of MTV with the support of USAID and AusAID boosted the Capitol’s anti-human trafficking efforts.

He said that through the Provincial Women’s Commission and Provincial Commission for Welfare of Children, the Capitol partnered with government and non-government organizations to advance its cause.

“But in spite of this, we still need the help of other people,” he said.

Board Member Sitoy added that persons with disabilities can also help.