Today marks the International Day for Abolition of Slavery. And until today, slavery happens in almost 21- 36 million people around the globe.
In the Philippines, there is an estimate of 261,200 Filipinos who are in modern slavery. 100,000 children are trafficked into commercial sexual exploitation every year. Filipino men and women are subjected to forced labor and exploitation.
Today, we do not only remember the day the world gathered to confront slavery. Let us unite in eradicating new forms of exploitation and abuse that deprives millions of people all over the world of their dignity and human rights.
We envision a world where there is no abuse and exploitation. Let us work to promote those rights we have been bestowed by virtue of being born in a country where men die for freedom. Let us see every Filipino – or every person, not as a product but as a human being who has equal rights like every person.