De Lima urges public to prevent modern-day slavery

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De Lima urges public to prevent modern-day slavery

On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery today, Sen. Leila de Lima took a stand against “modern-day slavery” which usually victimizes people who are poor and discriminated.

She said modern-day slavery takes on many forms, including sex trafficking, debt bondage and child labor.

“[L]et us open our eyes to the injustice and atrocities of forced labor and human trafficking that prey upon our most vulnerable particularly the women, children and poor. Perpetrators of slavery not only violate labor rights, but assault our collective humanity and dignity,” she said.

“Alongside making the abusers accountable under Philippine laws, we should also uphold our international obligations as among the over 170 countries in the world that have ratified two international treaties on the abolition of forced labor,” she added.

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