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The Philippines, a series of 7,107 islands in Southeast Asia, is arguably the hub for the sex trafficking industry. Every year thousands of women, girls and boys are sold into the sex industry, forced into prostitution or are trafficked out of the country to be used as prostitutes or sex slaves.
In Southeast Asia, 1.5% of the total female population is engaged in prostitution, and the sex industry accounts for between 2% and 14% of these countries’ gross domestic product (GDP). Prostitution provides significantly higher earnings than any other form of unskilled labor.
Large numbers of women engaged in prostitution began as minors having been tricked or coerced into such by parents, traffickers, partners and pimps. Along with being manipulated as children, poverty is the primary economic incentive that drives women and girls to participate in prostitution, whether directly, or through following the false promises of employment offered by sex traffickers. It is estimated that ninety percent of prostitution is controlled by pimps, who receive between fifty and one hundred percent of the revenue generated. In the Philippines, these women and girls, as well as boys, are often abused, treated as commodities and traded, bartered and sold like cattle.
The high numbers of street children exacerbate the sex trade. There are at least 1.5 million street children in the Philippines. The words “anak jalanan” or “street children” were once a taboo concept. Today it is commonplace.
These children face drug addiction, often to quell the hunger pangs, malnutrition, abuse, street fights, sexual exploitation and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases.
Inadequate education as well as the lack of clean water and sanitation continue to contribute to the acute needs of children in the Philippines.
The grave needs of these children need a loving response.
Asian Pacific Children’s Fund is answering the needs of the children in the Philippines to protect the children from abuse and to offer them a future.