I. The provisions of Articles 271 to article 274 must be read in the light of the provisions of this law.


II. Per Section 3 Trafficking In Persons means:


A. the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of persons with or without the victim’s consent or knowledge, within or across national borders by means of threat or use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or, the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs.


1. It is any form of unlawful activity the subject of which is the (a) any form of sexual exploitation of a person (b) forced labor or services or slavery (c) servitude (d) removal or sale of human organs


B. The recruitment, transportation, transfer, or harboring or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation shall also be considered as “trafficking in persons” even if it does not involve any of the means  set forth in the preceding paragraph     


III. The following are the acts punished:


A. To recruit, transport, transfer, harbor, provide, or receive a person by any means for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage


1. Debt bondage- the act of pledging of personal services or labor by the debtor or of any person under his control as security or payment of a debt when the length and nature of services is not clearly defined or when the value of the services as reasonable assessed is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt


B. To introduce or match for money or profit or any other consideration, any person or Filipina woman to a foreign national for the same purposes or exploitation.


C. To offer or contract marriage, real or simulated, for said purposes


D. To undertake or organize sex tours and travel plans


E. To maintain or hire a person to engage in prostitution or pornography


F. To adopt or facilitate the adoption of persons for said purposes


G. To recruit, hire, adopt or abduct, by any unlawful means, for the purposes of removal or sale of organs of a person


H. To recruit, transport or adopt a child to engage in armed activities