DOJ’s conviction rate for human trafficking case climbs to 95 percent

Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar on Thursday disclosed that the conviction rate of the Department of Justice on cases involving human trafficking rose to 95 percent.

“n terms of conviction, we have attained the highest conviction rate in the history of our Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act which is 119 convictions,” Villar bared during the 5th Manila International Dialogue on Human Trafficking held at the historic Manila Hotel.

“It was a 95 percent increase from the 2017 data,” Villar who also heads the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) said.

Villar said the high conviction rate was due to the regular training provided to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors.

“Our evidence collection is not really very good. We are left with evidence that was not able convict beyond reasonable doubt,” she said.

“So what we did is we increased our efforts to provide training to the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation), to the PNP (Philippine National Police (PNP), to our prosecutors, to those conducting the investigation and collecting the evidence and this has helped greatly,” Villar continued. #

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