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MOA with travel agencies, airlines eyed by BI to combat human trafficking

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In another effort to strengthen the fight against human trafficking., the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said it is eyeing the possibility of forging a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with travel agencies.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the collaborative effort, according to seeks to strengthen the commitment of the private sector in thwarting trafficking activities, even as a similar agreement is likewise being eyed with both airline and shipping companies.

“This is inspired by the US model, where airline employees play a crucial role in reporting potential cases of trafficking. We recognize the immense value of partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the private sector. As seen in incidents in the US, collaborations among agencies is instrumental in identifying and preventing trafficking incidents,” he said.

“Combating human trafficking requires a collective effort from all sectors. This is a call for unity and collaboration among public and private stakeholders to protect the vulnerable and eradicate human trafficking. This MOA represents a significant stride towards achieving these shared goals,” Tansingco added.

The agreement will focus on three initiatives namely reporting of cases of trafficking to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), preventing the proliferation of fake documents, and ensuring proper information dissemination on immigration requirements.

The forthcoming MOA emphasizes the need for a holistic approach in combating human trafficking. Tansingco believes that the active involvement of the private sector is pivotal in achieving a comprehensive and sustainable impact.

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