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Typhoon sparks Philippine child trafficking fears: charity

Published on Jan 11, 2014 6:55 PM

MANILA (AFP) - A UK-based children's charity has asked the Philippines to investigate the suspected recruitment of child workers for sex trafficking in a region devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, an aid official said on Saturday.

Plan International said it was concerned about five high school girls who were recruited after the November 8 typhoon in Basey and Marabut, two impoverished coastal towns on the island of Samar that sustained heavy damage and casualties.

Aid groups have expressed concern over the human trafficking threat sparked after Haiyan left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing.

Children who have lost their parents in the disaster, as well as adults in desperate search of work, are especially vulnerable, groups say.

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