Trafficking Casewatch

VERA Files monitored the progress of human trafficking cases from arrest to prosecution and conviction, prompted by reports of court backlogs, complicity and corruption in all levels of government that has enabled traffickers to prosper. This project is implemented through the small grants facility of the US embassy in Manila.

In This Collection

VERA FILES AT 10: Rising number of trafficked fishermen alarms Tawi-Tawi authorities

10 years, 10 stories.

​Beyond poverty, Metro Manila teens turn to paid sex to upgrade lifestyles--study

Amiel was 16 when he was introduced to “freelancing” by peers who seemed to have money all the time. Envious and eager to know where they got cash to splurge on shoes, clothes and casual gimmicks, the teenager asked his friends about their dirty little secret.

U.S. lauds PH gov’t efforts against human trafficking; first Southeast Asian country to reach Tier 1

Silence was the name of the game when Jane* was forced into prostitution.

For trafficked persons, returning home just the beginning of more troubles

Faith, not her real name, was an easy target.

Manila street boys prone to sexual abuse, physical violence—study

“They molested me while I was sleeping on the streets.”

Arrest, detention deter human trafficking victims from seeking help

Victims of human trafficking in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), including Filipinos, hesitate to complain to authorities.

Gov’t officials linked to trafficking under close watch

The country’s new anti trafficking chief has vowed to go after public officials involved in the crime.

Au pair abuse continues despite stricter guidelines

It was Aug. 2, 2014 when Ron, 27, arrived in Norway. Her host family welcomed her warmly at the airport and then took her to their home where dinner was waiting for her.

Maguindanao town police warn residents vs trafficking modus

The local police here warned residents against accepting job offers to work as housekeepers in Marawi City due to reported cases of...