Gov’t must give more support fight for human trafficking –human rights advocate
A religious network coordinator and human rights advocate urged the government on Wednesday to heighten its support against human trafficking during the prayer march to end human trafficking.
Talitha Kum Philippines coordinator Sr. Cecilia Espenilla, OP urged the government to continue to support their kinds of organizations, especially financially. Talitha Kum is part of International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons.
“We want the government to really implement the laws on human trafficking, para talagang habulin ang mga traffickers. And of course, we want the government to support financially kaming mga on the grassroots level na nagtratrabaho against human trafficking,” Espenilla said in an interview with TomasinoWeb.
Talitha Kum, together with the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, lead the prayer march for the promotion of International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking last Feb 8, coinciding with the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of the victims of human trafficking.
Dalie Adiao-Garcia of Talitha Kum said that the move was “a very good step towards raising the consciousness of ordinary folks.” “It is a necessary requirement for education and awareness-raising,” she added.
Thomasians were among the participants who were urged to join in the march from UST to Saint Anthony’s Shrine, Bustillos, with the theme “They are just children! Not slaves!”
“Feel ko ang lakas ng effect niya lalo na sa mga nadaanan namin, yung mga nakabasa ng mga banners at mga fliers,” Aaron Mendoza, a 2nd year Engineering student from UST Youth for Christ said after the activity.
“Na-realize ko lang na ang prayers, isa itong way [in the fight against human trafficking,” Mendoza added.– Carisse Nicole T. Dumaua