Tuesday, April 1, 2014

“Community Education on Human Trafficking for the LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender) Community in Central Visayas”

PRESS RELEASE

April 1, 2014

NGOs join hands to educate LGBTs in Cebu versus human trafficking

Bisdak Pride, Inc., a non-stock non-profit non-government human rights organization for persons with different sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in the Bisaya speaking populace fighting for gender equality is proud to partner with Good Shepherd Welcome House, Inc., a center devoted to support abused women and children in Cebu to conduct series of “Community Education on Human Trafficking for the LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender) Community in Central Visayas” this coming April 5, 12 and May 3 (Saturday) from 1:00pm to 7:00pm at Handuraw Pizza Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City.


Human trafficking, which victimizes women and children recently bannered several front pages of local dailies in Cebu. The victims are mostly women, children and are living in abject poverty and want.

According to some reports, at least 105 suspects in human trafficking cases have been arrested since the Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RAHTTF) Central Visayas started operating five years ago. The group, on the other hand, has also rescued 582 victims, 62 of them minors, including those involved in cybersex operations.

However, human trafficking does not only involved women and children, at its worst; it also victimizes the gay community. Anybody can be a victim. In fact, last February RAHTTF Central Visayas rescued 11 persons during an entrapment in a mall in Mandaue City, one of them was a 16-year-old gay. Because, apparently, they also produce gays depending on the clients' request.

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