Section 13 stipulates that the filing of a separate civil action by victims of trafficking, for the recovery of civil damages shall be exempt from the payment of filing fees.
Section 13. Exemption from Filing Fees.
When the trafficked person institutes a separate civil action for the recovery of civil damages, he/she shall be exempt from the payment of filing fees.
Law / Philippines / Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 (as amended by RA 10364)
The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 provides the legal framework for the criminalization of human trafficking in the Philippines. The Anti-Trafficking Act provides the definition of human trafficking, and specifies and criminalizes a number of ‘acts of trafficking in persons’, as well as acts that ‘promote trafficking in persons’. The Act specifically prohibits human trafficking for the purposes of forced labour, slavery, debt bondage and involutary servitude, and determines severe penalties, with sentences of up to life imprisonment and a five million pesos fine for those convicted of trafficking. The Act further provides that in cases where the offender is a corporation, partnership, association or any other form of juridical person, the penalty will be imposed upon the owner, president, manager, or any responsible person who participated in the commission of the crime, or who knowingly permitted, or failed to prevent its commission. This Act was amended by RA 10364 “An Act Expanding Republic Act No. 9208”.