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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 7, 2011

Stars up against Human Trafficking

DO YOU KNOW that the Philippines is said to be the fourth largest country among 127 nations trafficking humans for sex?

Around the world, 1.2 million children are victimized every year; 100,000 of them Filipinos. Kapuso talents led by Rhian Ramos and Bela Padilla were shocked to learn this in a seminar, “Called to Rescue”, that helped them learn more about sex trafficking and how dreadful it has become.

Putting to consideration their drawing power as celebrities, they were encouraged to ‘create noise’ against the globally lucrative sex trafficking industry, ‘be more vigilant’ on capturing pimps and ‘be extra wary and protective’ of women and children victims. Dr. Cyndi Romine, founder of the “Called to Rescue” campaign, facilitated the briefing, with another familiar figure, Anthony Pangilinan, in attendance, as he is one of the country’s board of directors involved in the campaign.

Other stars at the briefing were Steph Henares, Gino dela Pena, Enzo Pineda, Rocco Nacino, Joshua Dionisio and Barbie Forteza.