Section 11

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Section 11 provides for the immediate closure and the cancellation of the license of any establishments or enterprises that promotes child trafficking.

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Section 11.

All establishments and enterprises which, relevantly, promote child trafficking will be immediately closed and their licence to operate cancelled. A sign with the words “off limits” will be conspicuously displayed outside the establishment for such period as the Department of Social Welfare and Development may determine which shall not be less than one year.

Law /Philippines / Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act (1992)

The Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act expressly prohibits the worst forms of child labour, including all forms of slavery and trafficking of children, debt bondage, serfdom and forced labor. The Act further establishes the joint liability of the principal for the employment of children in the worst forms of child labour or in hazarduous work by a subcontractor, and determines a penalty of 12 to 20 years imprisonment or a fine ranging from 100,000 to 1 million pesos, or both. The Act was amended in 2003 by Republic Act No. 9231, Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child, which mandates the Government to protect and remove children from the worst forms of child labor, including forced labor, child trafficking, prostitution, pornography and the use of a child for illicit activities.