A Successful Anti-Trafficking Idea from the Philippines
By: Mitzi Perdue
If you were to ask Dr. Bernadette Madrid why she values her work as founding director of the Child Protective Unit (CPU) in the Philippines, she might share with you the case of a 16-year old girl we’ll call “Ana.”
On New Year’s Eve three years ago, Ana presented at the hospital with a 1.5 by 2-inch vaginal mass. It was a pus-filled gonorrheal boil, and when a boil reaches that size, it is terribly painful.
Nurses drained the boil and gaveAna the antibiotics needed to cure the infection. However, Madrid, as head of the CPU, wanted to know why the girl hadn’t sought medical attention sooner.