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The US State Department Slavery Report: Did the Philippines Get the Right Grade?

Author: Walden Bello, Inquirer (Philippines), Published on: 26 June 2014

...The Philippines was upgraded from the Tier 2 “Watch List” to Tier 2 in 2011. It maintains that status in the latest report..As someone who has kept track of the trafficking of our OFWs [overseas Filipino workers], all I can say is that enforcement and prosecution is dismal at best…[T]he situation with respect to enforcement, in fact, worsened overall in 2013 and tempt one to the conclusion that the Philippines should have been demoted to its place on the Tier 2 Watch List it occupied prior to 2011…

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