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Prostitution in Philippines is available through brothels (also known as casa), bars, karaoke bars (also known as KTVs), Massage Parlors, and escort services. Prostitution is illegal and a serious criminal offence in the Philippines.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Asia Pacific (CATW-AP), quoting from Kyodo News, estimated that in 1998 there were 400,000 prostituted women in the Philippines. The International Labor Organization estimated that in 1993/94 there were nearly half a million prostitutes in the country. A 1997 report put the number of child victims of prostitution at 75,000 in the Philippines. Despite government warnings, more and more Asians go to other countries for economic reasons. The number of entertainers who go abroad has increased tremendously. The Philippines is recognized as one of the countries with the highest number of children involved in prostitution. Children are forced to work up to 20 hours a day and are expected to service as many as 100 customers each week. A 2005 estimate, states that it is estimated 150,000 girls work as prostitutes, some as young as six years old. An Australian Government and Australian Law Reform Commission investigation into prostitution in the Philippines states, "Girls are quickly forced into prostitution". "Corruption in the police force and among politicians is reported to be prevalent".
A survey conducted by the International Labor Organization] reveals that in the experience of most of the women surveyed, prostitution is one of the most alienating forms of labour. Over 50 per cent of the women surveyed in Philippine massage parlours said they carried out their work ³with a heavy heart,´ and 20 per cent said they were ³conscience stricken because they still considered sex with customers a sin.´ Interviews with Philippine bar girls revealed that more than half of them felt ³nothing´ when they had sex with a client, the remainder said the transactions saddened them. Surveys of women working as masseuses indicated that 34 per cent of them explained their choice of work as necessary to support poor parents, 8 per cent to support siblings and 28 per cent to support husbands or boyfriends. More than 20 per cent said the job was well paid, but only 2 per cent said it was easy work and only 2 per cent claimed to enjoy the work. Over a third reported that they had been subject to violence or harassment, most commonly from the police but also from city officials and gangsters.
Sex Slavery in Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera is a notorious pedophile sex resort on Mindoro Island three hours south of Manila. Children as young as six to twelve years have been trafficked to foreign pedophiles.
Sex Slavery in Subic Bay
Subic Bay has had a long history of sex slavery, especially the trafficking of children. In 1988 a Naval Investigative undercover operation based in Subic Bay were offered children for sex as young as 4, 6, 12 and 13 years of age.  Thanks to the hard work of a number of welfare groups in the area, many of those involved in the sex slavery of children have beenm brought to justice in the courts. During the peak of the US Naval Base in Subic their was an estimated 16,000 women and children trapped in the sex slavery trade.
Sex Slavery in Angeles
The notorius Angeles city is the center of the child sex slavery trade in the Philippines and is a worldwide destination for Pedophiles. Children are trafficked by organized crime syndicates in Angeles. The extent, horrors and brutality of the child sex slavery trade in Angeles is so bad it has brought International media attention and condemnation from around the world.
Efforts to Control
Those involved in the sex slavery trade are often protected by polititions, law enforcement and organized crime. In May 2006, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued 33 young women from a prostitution den in Makati City. Microsoft has awarded over US$1 million through its Unlimited Potential grants to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across six Asian countries. The latest round of grants will deliver IT training courses specifically for people in human-trafficking hot spots across the region.
not being included in the provisions of other articles of this Code. pornography. Exploitation and Discrimination Act Sec. in the discretion of the court. ruffians or pimps and those who habitually associate with prostitutes. . for the purpose of prostitution. Any person found loitering about public or semi-public buildings or places or trampling or wandering about the country or the streets without visible means of support. sexual exploitation. pornography. pornography or sexual exploitation. Prostitutes. to commit any of the following acts: (a) To recruit. (e) To maintain or hire a person to engage in prostitution or pornography. for money or profit. profit. transport or adopt a child to engage in armed activities in the Philippines or abroad.Children. For the purposes of this article. pornography. offering. Any person found guilty of any of the offenses covered by this articles shall be punished by arresto menor or a fine not exceeding 200 pesos. slavery. forced labor. . (d) To undertake or organize tours and travel plans consisting of tourism packages or activities for the purpose of utilizing and offering persons for prostitution. profit. adopt. are deemed to be children exploited in prostitution and other sexual abuse. or any other consideration or due to the coercion or influence of any adult. facilitate or induce child prostitution which include. hire. any person or. women who. sexual exploitation. any Filipino women to a foreign national. or trading them to engage in prostitution. slavery. 5. buying. Revised Penal Code Article 341 Penal Code article 341 imposes a penality to any person who ³shall engage in the business or shall profit by prostitution or shall enlist the services of any other person for the purpose of prostitution. sexual exploitation. 3. who for money. penalty. are deemed to be prostitutes. economic or other consideration. offering. Any person who. transport. transfer. harbor. provide. Any person having no apparent means of subsistence. coercion. real or simulated. Child Prostitution and Other Sexual Abuse. as provided for under Republic Act No." Republic Act 9208 Section 4 of Republic Act 9208. 6955. or intimidation for the purpose of removal or sale of organs of said person. Any idle or dissolute person who ledges in houses of ill fame. involuntary servitude or debt bondage. forced labor. including those done under the pretext of domestic or overseas employment or training or apprenticeship. involuntary servitude or debt bondage. 5. and (h) To recruit. (g) To recruit. pornography. 2. for marriage for the purpose of acquiring. (b) To introduce or match for money. by arresto mayor in its medium period to prison correccional in its minimum period or a fine ranging from 200 to 2. (f) To adopt or facilitate the adoption of persons for the purpose of prostitution. fraud deceit. involuntary servitude or debt bondage. the following: (1) Acting as a procurer of a child prostitute. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its medium period to reclusion perpetua shall be imposed upon the following: (a) Those who engage in or promote. 4. or both. shall be found loitering in any inhabited or uninhabited place belonging to another without any lawful or justifiable purpose. forced labor or slavery. violence. but are not limited to." deems it unlawful for any person. slavery. indulge in sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct.Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse. buying.  Legality Revised Penal Code Article 202 Vagrants and prostitutes. Republic Act 7610 . habitually indulge in sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct. or receive a person by any means. (2) Inducing a person to be a client of a child prostitute by means of written or oral advertisements or other similar means. natural or juridical. for the purpose of acquiring. involuntary servitude or debt bondage. otherwise known as the "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. the United States removed Philippines from the Tier 3 watchlist for human trafficking. or material. and in case of recidivism. (c) To offer or contract marriage. sexual exploitation. forced labor. who has the physical ability to work and who neglects to apply himself or herself to some lawful calling. selling or trading him/her to engage in prostitution.000 pesos. transport or abduct a person. selling. syndicate or group. whether male or female.In June 2006. by means of threat or use of force. The following are vagrants: 1.
as such. 3815. 2004. or (5) Giving monetary consideration goods or other pecuniary benefit to a child with intent to engage such child in prostitution.Mail Order Brides RA 6955 basically declares as unlawful "the practice of matching Filipino women for marriage to foreign nationals on a mail order basis. During the first half of the 20th century. Legality In the past. That when the victims is under twelve (12) years of age. in other countries prostitution itself (the exchange of sex for money) is legal. many times making it very difficult for people to engage in prostitution without breaking any law. Provided. under paragraph (b) of Section 5 hereof when any person is receiving services from a child in a sauna parlor or bath. (b) Those who commit the act of sexual intercourse of lascivious conduct with a child exploited in prostitution or subject to other sexual abuse. prostitution is illegal. apartelle or other similar establishments. while in a few countries prostitution is legal and regulated. under the Revised Penal Code. resort.There is an attempt to commit child prostitution under Section 5. The degree of regulation varies widely by country. attended by representatives from KTVs. (4) Threatening or using violence towards a child to engage him as a prostitute. soliciting in a public place etc) are prohibited. for rape or lascivious conduct. but most activities which surround it (such as operating a brothel. Most of these countries favor brothels. Sec. paragraph 3. hotel. France outlawed brothels in 1946 and Italy made them illegal in 1959. brothels were very common. for rape and Article 336 of Act No. vessel. 6. disco. Amsterdam is well known for its red-light district and is a destination for sex tourism. the perpetrators shall be prosecuted under Article 335. Netherlands has one of the most liberal prostitution policies in the world. the rest of 90% of prostitution remains either unregulated or illegal. not being a relative of a child. an inn. Today. followed by a second hearing on September 22. Philippines has almost a million prostitutes . That the penalty for lascivious conduct when the victim is under twelve (12) years of age shall be reclusion temporal in its medium period. according to a 2009 report. according to some estimates. Attempt To Commit Child Prostitution. and (c) Those who derive profit or advantage therefrom. attended by well-known movie personalities and a third hearing. France and Italy were famous for their brothels. as the case may be: Provided. as amended. or. in the proper case. there are 400 illegal brothels in Victoria. the Revised Penal Code. and. or of the sauna. massage clinic. In most European countries brothels were made illegal after World War II. vehicle or any other hidden or secluded area under circumstances which would lead a reasonable person to believe that the child is about to be exploited in prostitution and other sexual abuse.(3) Taking advantage of influence or relationship to procure a child as prostitute. illegal brothels in Sydney now outnumber licensed operations by four to one. is found alone with the said child inside the room or cubicle of a house. motel. health club and other similar establishments. 2004. Regulation In some countries. paragraph (a) hereof when any person who. the existence of these licensed brothels did not stop illegal brothels from existing: according to a report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper. whether as manager or owner of the establishment where the prostitution takes place. as they are considered to be less problematic than street prostitution. pension house. A penalty lower by two (2) degrees than that prescribed for the consummated felony under Section 5 hereof shall be imposed upon the principals of the attempt to commit the crime of child prostitution under this Act. There is also an attempt to commit child prostitution. place of entertainment or establishment serving as a cover or which engages in prostitution in addition to the activity for which the license has been issued to said establishment. it attracts sex tourists from many European countries and from the US. In some countries brothels are legal and regulated. Republic Act 6955 . pimping. . bar." Senate Hearing On September 15. at least in theory. the first hearing was held on escort services. in Queensland only 10% of prostitution happens in the licensed brothels. however.
Most of the people who engage in such an act are those who never got a chance to study. According to the Manila Standard. the Philippines tops the list of countries whose women are lured into the trade by supplying almost a million prostitutes. more than 1 per cent of the country's population of 70 million are prostitutes..000. prostitutes would be protected more by law.The Straits Times. Gabriela on Wednesday launched the International Conference against Sex Trafficking of Filipino Women and Children during an annual meeting of women's organisations. -To compensate for the government's incapacity to educate it's people. 1.000 are children. 3. she said. it'll serve as a source of income for the prostitute and a source of self fulfillment for the other person. 100. would prevent the spread of diseases. If the ILO statistics are correct. . and abusive pimps would be more likely to be penalized. ADVANTAGES if it's legalized. quoting from International Labour Organisation (ILO) statistics. that the Philippines has the biggest number of prostituted women. It quoted Sister Mary John Mananzan. 21 July 2000 MANILA²Not only does the Philippines lead in providing labourers. 4. licensing could control things such as age. 2. etc. India may have more prostitutes in absolute terms owing to its huge population of close to one billion. minimum wages could be set for prostitutes 5. Of those. it also leads in providing the world with prostitutes. numbering about 800. of the organisation Gabriela. sex. it can be a source of revenue through taxation.. Legalize it so these people would have a source of living. It s more like a way to live. but the Philippines is tops on a per capita basis. prostitutes can be screened for stds and licensed. Anyway.
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