Communities unite to fight child trafficking
A community of concerned groups are taking a big step forward in reinforcing the fight against child trafficking in Region 7.
World Vision Development Foundation (WVDF), International Justice Mission (IJM), University of San Carlos (USC), government agencies – Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Department of Labor and Employment, and local governments – Cebu, Mandaue, Cordova and Lapu-lapu, expressed their support to the Communities Against Child Trafficking (C-ACT) project during its ceremonial launch last March 28 in the University of San Carlos – Talamban Campus.
C-ACT is an effort spearheaded by WVDF to empower communities and making children less vulnerable, all in the cause of ending child trafficking.
“Trafficking in Persons is modern day slavery and it can happen to anyone who is vulnerable, especially to children,” shares WVDF National Director, Rommel Fuerte. “Truly, it takes a world to end violence against children, to end child trafficking.”
The project is part of the Child Protection Compact (CPC) grant project funded by U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office).
Guest speakers were united in encouraging the participants to be advocates and to become beacons of hope in their own circles for the well-being of children.