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04/10/2016: 2016 INTERNATIONAL SEX TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE IN HONOLULU PARTICIPATED IN BY DOJ PROSECUTORS AND PHL CONSULATE GENERAL

Prosecutors and representatives from 8 countries and 12 U.S. states have gathered in Honolulu from 28-30 September 2016, to accelerate ongoing efforts to educate the public and promote networking among prosecutors and stakeholders in the fight against sex trafficking.

Among the countries that sent delegations to the 3-day international sex trafficking conference were the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Canada, and Palau.

The Philippines sent prosecutors from the Department of Justice, namely: Claro A. Arellano, Prosecutor General, Jorge Catalan, Jr., Chief City Prosecutor, Aileen Marie S. Gutierrez, City Prosecutor, Marylin Cynthia Fatima Madamba-Luang, City Prosecutor, Joselita Mendoza, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor, Darlene R. Pajarito, Executive Director/ Prosecutor- Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking- DOJ, and Edward M. Togonon, City Prosecutor.

According to Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro, he is reminded that “even as we gather in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, we cannot escape the reality of what brings us here. It is the shared knowledge that sex trafficking is a global evil and that the responsibility for bringing sex traffickers to justice falls upon all of us.” Atty. Kaneshiro goes on to say that “I am convinced that if we work together, we will leave this place inspired and more determined than ever to do all we can to put an end to sex trafficking.”

Chair & Presiding Officer of the Honolulu City Council Ernest Y. Martin said that “human sex trafficking is without doubt the modern-day equivalent of human slavery… one of the most horrifying realities is that human sex trafficking isn’t confined to faraway places like Eastern Europe or Asia. It is occurring in large cities, small towns, and sometimes in a house right in our neighborhoods.” He said that “every one of us has a role to play in bringing these perpetrators to justice and setting free the victims of this evil in our midst.” (END).