December 10 is officially Human Rights Day, so let’s be reminded that all these attempted abductions are no laughing matter!

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As mature adults, we know how to differentiate good and bad jokes. And all these ‘puting van‘ (white van) jokes are really not funny. So in honor of Human Rights Day, we just wanted to remind everyone how truly disturbing these attempted abductions are.

So in case you somehow haven’t heard, there have been multiple instances that have been reported both by individuals online and major media outlets of attempted kidnappings all over Metro Manila. And what all these attempted kidnappings have in common is that it was all perpetrated by people in cars.

In fact, just recently a video has been circulating of a woman screaming as she’s dragged into a silver van. Although what’s odd about it is that some netizens have pointed out that the woman being abducted is shouting in Mandarin. And that the van was no ordinary van either, it was a Chrysler, a luxury brand car. Check out the video below:

But some people don’t realize the gravity of these attempted kidnappings


So you may have seen another video of a student being abducted in a white van. And it turned out to be a hoax, making the issue a total joke. You can read more about the issue on Rappler.

So here are some facts to get into your heads that Human Trafficking is real, and it’s not a joke.

According to the International Labour Organization, there are an estimated 40.3 million victims of human trafficking around the globe. 81% of them are trapped in forced labor, 25% of them are children, and 75% of them are women and girls.

So today, on Human Rights Day, let’s get our heads straight and stop these ‘puting van’ jokes. Because whether the videos are fake or not—the issue is no laughing matter.

So do you believe that people in ‘puting van’ (white vans) are going around the Metro abducting people? We’d love to hear what you think! So share with us your thoughts in the comments down below! Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh.