Our Work in Philippines
The Philippine archipelago, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, is a prominent Southeast Asian country situated in the western Pacific Ocean. Its population of almost 100 million is spread among 2,000 inhabited islands, with the majority of people living in the several metropolitan cities.
Prostitution is illegal in the Philippines. Still, it has long been known for prostitution, and the internal trafficking of men, women, and children for purposes of domestic servitude, forced labor, forced begging, and sexual exploitation.
The devastation and chaos caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 created an environment of human misery that was ripe for human traffickers and others seeking to profit from the ensuing humanitarian crisis. The strongest storm in recent history displaced some four million people in areas already known to be areas where traffickers operate.
The children of the Philippines are especially vulnerable and in desperate need of help. An estimated 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines are involved in prostitution rings, with the highest incidence being in tourist areas. Child sex trafficking often occurs in the clandestine enclosures of private residences, where knowing taxi drivers facilitate arrangements for child sex tourists. It has been reported by both government and non-government agencies that a growing number of Filipino boys are victims of sex trafficking.
Equally disturbing is an increasing danger for very young Filipino children who are victims of Internet porn. In clandestine locations they are forced to perform sex acts for paying viewers on the Internet.
Among the main causes of child trafficking in the Philippines are poverty, poor economic development, limited employment opportunities, large family sizes, inadequate awareness among families, and the profitable business of child sex tourism.
Child Rescue has recently established a rescue presence in the Philippines. We have already begun to bring children out of their desperate situations and into our safe homes where they now have a fresh opportunity to re-write their destinies.