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Niña Corpuz wins International Labor Organization award on human trafficking story

The International Labor Organization (ILO) on Friday said it has awarded television journalist Niña Corpuz of ABS-CBN for her story on the rise of human trafficking in the Philippines.

ILO officials said Corpuz investigated about the conditions of domestic workers, the phenomenon of human trafficking in the Philippines and the measures taken by the government to prevent it.

Corpuz, the author of the article “Filipino Domestic Workers: between justice and survival”, won the 2010 edition of the journalistic prize for the best story on labor rights, awarded by the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), the training arm of the ILO.

The article was selected among stories written by professional journalists who attended the training courses on “Communicating Labor Rights”, yearly organized by the ITC-ILO.

The courses introduce journalists and media professionals from all over the world, to international labor standards, with the aim of raising public awareness of their relevance to local labor and social issues.

In the last few years there has been a 20 percent increase in the incidence of persons trafficked in the country for domestic work.

The ILO Committee of Experts made a direct request to the government to provide information on the application of the law against this particular form of forced labor.

Unfortunately, anti-trafficking cases are often dismissed after victims decide to settle, because they are offered money or they have to go back to work abroad.

“It’s really sad but it’s a matter of economic necessity, between justice and survival, they choose survival,” a Filipino State Prosecutor said.

The ongoing Campaign on Decent Work for Domestic Helpers is now lobbying for the adoption of the Batas Kasambahay bill in the Philippines, aiming at uplifting and giving decency to labor standards of those workers.

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