POLO Kuwait belies report of human trafficking

Date Posted: February 4th, 2014 02:51 AM


POLO Kuwait belies report of human trafficking The new Philippine Labor Attache to Kuwait, Atty. Cesar Chavez, Jr., has debunked reports of sex-related and human trafficking activities in Kuwait perpetrated by personnel of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, or POLO. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this yesterday after she received the response of Labor Attache Chavez to her directive to comment on the reports published in the Philippines. "There is no sex-related activities at Post perpetrated by POLO personnel or anyone else under my stewardship," Chavez said in his report. "The Embassy and the POLO under a new team of officials are doing well in combating trafficking and abuses against OFWs," he added. Labor Attache Chavez explained that the reports appear to be a revival of old incidents which are now being investigated by appropriate government agencies in the Philippines. The POLO official emphasized that as a result of the DOLE's reform initiatives, particularly with regards Secretary Baldoz's directive to fast-track the repatriation of distressed OFWs to de-clog the Migrant Workers and Other Filipinos Resource Centers and to transform them into centers of care and excellence in pursuit of the 22-Point Labor and Employment Agenda, the number of cases handled by POLO-Kuwait and the number wards at the MWOFRC have sharply declined. As of 31 December 2013, Labor Attache Chavez reported that the MWOFRC of the POLO in Kuwait was taking care of only 90 distressed OFWs out of 2,249 who sought shelter there during the entire year. He further said the Philippine Embassy has also belied the reports and had issued an advisory on the matter, saying that to fight human trafficking in Kuwait, raids of suspected sex dens and rescue of victims and abused domestic helpers continue with the help of leaders and members of the Filipino community. END

Created Aug 18th 2014, 15:39


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