Two victims who found refuge at a halfway house in Manila reflect the problem of human trafficking in the Philippines. The Australian and Philippine governments have launched a project in Manila that aims to strengthen the Philippine criminal justice system in combating human trafficking. The $17 million project will provide training for police, judges and prosecutors in the Philippines, according to ABC Asia Pacific News Centre. The hope is to improve prevention of forced labor, illicit adoption, street begging, the harvesting of body organs and sexual exploitation. The program is already in place in other Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.
| 1 January 2010
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