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Davao City has 3,000 registered prostituted women

By Rose Palacio

Davao City (11 October) -- Recent estimate showed that there are about 3,000 registered prostituted women in Davao City.

A similar number are occasional or unregistered PW or the so-called freelancers or strikers and about 400 are prostituted children (PC) and prostituted youth (PY), according to a primer issued by Talikala in time for the celebration of International No to Prostitution Day Campaign 2005.

The primer stated that the youngest documented PC was 10 year old. In 1990, it was estimated that there were 300,000 to 600,000 women and children in prostitution in the Philippines. Among this, children comprised about 25%.

In 2004, Talikala documented a total of 1,649 cases of abuses committed to PW. PY and PC in Davao, Cagayan and General Santos City. Gravity of abuses ranges from physical abuse (37%), psychological abuse (33%), sexual abuse (22%), and economic abuse (10%).

Top perpetrators of abuse in said areas during same period were the parents, relatives of PW, PY, and PC comprising to about 31.8%; followed by customers (18.8%); live-in partners (17.7); neighbors (10.9%), police authorities (9.5%); establishment owners and managers (5.5%; and pimps (5.3%).

October 5 Day of No Prostitution Campaign in Davao City, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos City is a local versions or adaptation of the International Day of No Prostitution project of the Bay Area IDNP Collective in the U.S. in 2002 calling for all social justice advocates, activities and organizations to include prostitution and pornography in their work.

The Day of No Prostitution Campaign was launched on October 5, 2004 as a culminating activity of the First Mindanao Conference of Women and Children in Prostitution in Davao City sponsored by Talaikala and three PW organizations: Lawig Bubai, Tisaka of Cagayan de Oro and Sidlakan of General Santos City.

Republic Act 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 defines prostitution as any act, transaction, scheme or design involving the use of person by another, for sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct in exchange for money, profit or any other consideration.

For women's rights groups, prostitution is the buying and selling of women and children's bodies for the benefit and pleasure of men and sex exploiters. It is a system whereby bodies and sexuality of women and children are "commodified" and exploited for men's sexual satisfaction. It is a human rights violation. (PIA) [top]

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