Child Code enforced in face of human trafficking cases in Lapu-Lapu City
from July 21, 2014 05:00 pm to July 21, 2014 05:00 pm
by Philippine News Agency
July 19, 2014
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu– Lapu-Lapu City mayor Paz Radaza said the city government will strictly enforce the city’s eight-year-old Children’s Code following cases of human trafficking and child pornography in the city and nearby Cordova town.
Radaza also urged cooperation among the different national government agencies, barangay officials, and the private sector for its implementation.
Radaza said she was alarmed over reports that some parents are allegedly the ones responsible for “feeding” their children to traffickers and porn operators.
She cited the incident in neighboring town of Cordova where an Australian national was arrested by the police for coercing children to pose nude in front of the camera.
Some of the children were residents of Lapu-Lapu City, she said.
The city’s Children’s Code underlines the numerous rights of the child and the responsibilities of various groups and individuals, such as the parents and guardians of the city, the mass media, educational institutions, private and public health care providers, private and business sectors, the police, and the children themselves who need to be guided and taught responsibility for their own bodies and actions.