By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY – The city council has passed on third reading an ordinance that protects Dabawenyos, especially women and children, from trafficking in persons, during Tuesday’s regular session.
The ordinance penalizes private citizens and organizations with fines and possible jail time for those involved in trafficking in persons.
Vulnerable victims include women who are led to work under fear of retaliation, sexual abuse, or physical harm; women who are subjected to lewd acts such as prostitution; women who are forced to work in demeaning circumstances; women who are paraded to clients as potential brides; women at risk of being subjected to pornography and children subjected to sexual abuse either online or to predators; and children who are subjected to pornography.
With the measure, the city government aims to reduce incidents of women and children being transported with or without their knowledge to abusive workplaces.
The ordinance fines violators with the maximum penalties of up to P2,500 and possible jail time of up to three months.