Philippines maintains tier 1 ranking in 2020 trafficking in persons report

For the fifth consecutive year, the Philippines had been given Tier 1 ranking in the US government’s 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report or the TIP Report.

It is an annual report issued by the US State Department’s Office to monitor and combat Trafficking in Persons.

It ranks various governments based on their perceived efforts to acknowledge the existence of, and fight human trafficking.

The Tier rankings are based on a country’s compliance with standards outlined in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000.

The law provides a three-pronged approach that includes prevention, protection and prosecution.

The rankings given are Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 Watch List and Tier 3.

A Tier 1 ranking indicates that the Philippine government has acknowledged the existence of human trafficking, made efforts to address the problem, and complies with TVPA’s minimum standards.

At the forefront is the Inter Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) of which the NBI is a member.

According to the Report, the Philippine government fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking as it continues to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period.

The points raised in the Report on government efforts to eliminate trafficking include:

• Improving the coordination of services for returning Filipino migrant workers who are victims of trafficking overseas

• Convicting and punishing traffickers, including an official complicit in sex trafficking and labor trafficking

• Increasing assistance to survivors who provide testimony

• Increasing the use of prosecution procedures that reduce the potential for further harm to trafficking victims.

For the NBI, this will serve both as an inspiration and reward in our relentless fight against Human Trafficking.

Despite challenging times, the NBI thru its Anti Human Trafficking Division, remains steadfast and committed to our mandate of protecting our citizens, especially the most vulnerable ones, against Human Trafficking, of all forms.