By Susan V. Ople (Published in Philippine Panorama, Dec. 23, 2012) What is the difference between forced labor and human slavery? Forced labor and slavery is defined by the Anti-Trafficking Act of 2003 as the extraction of work or services from a person by means of enticement, violence, intimidation or threat, use of force […]
The Blas F. Ople Policy Center described two overseas Filipino workers as “heroes” for persevering in filing cases against Singaporean national Lim Beng Huat also known as “Alfred Lim” who was convicted last week by the Malaysian court for violating its anti-trafficking act.
More than three years ago, the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia referred two human trafficking survivors to the Blas F. Ople Policy Center for assistance. Their names were Marilou Bagsit and Marivic Capistrano, both residents of Lipa City, Batangas province. They were married and with young kids, and the meager state of family finances prodded them […]
The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization focused on labor and migration issues, cautioned the Philippine government to brace itself for adverse reactions from any of the 41 countries cited as unsuitable for Filipino workers by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The Center noted that though the executive branch had no choice […]