Convictions remain low and slow

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Despite an increase in human trafficking convictions over the years, numbers remain few and concentrated in certain areas in the Philippines. Data from the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking from 2005 to 2013 show that the number of convictions has gradually increased over the years, but still remains low. Within those years, a total of 118 convictions have been recorded and 137 convicted persons have been reported. Over the 8-year period, 2012 so far shows the highest number of convictions, while 2013 shows the highest number of persons convicted. The Philippines continues to rank Tier 2 in the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) 2013 of the US Department of State. Tier 2 countries do not fully comply with the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), but are making significant efforts to do so.

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