this concerns the whole sex trade in Southeast Asia (particularly in the Philippines):Export of Filipinas for the Sex Trade
The top country recipient of Filipinas recruited into the sex trade has been Japan. The women are exported under a variety of disguises: as “cultural dancers,” “entertainers,” etc. Filipinas are trafficked into Europe, particularly The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany; into the Middle East where they work in the nightclubs of Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, etc.; and even to such impoverished countries as Nigeria in Africa. Many of these women are tricked and deceived, being promised jobs as waitresses or nannies, only to discover too late that they are meant to be prostitutes. Sex Tourism
The Philippines has become a “hot spot” for sex tourists, in a circuit that includes Thailand and recently, Vietnam and Cambodia. Sex tourism includes traveling pedophiles who considered Thailand, the Philippines and, until the war broke out, Sri Lanka as their ultimate destinations.
Sex tourism is highly organized and often imbedded in regular tourism. A small agency operating in the US sends 15 men to the Philippines monthly. A $2,500 payment includes fare, hotel room, hotel breakfasts and a smorgasbord of women nightly. Should the client choose to marry one of the “girls,” the travel agency also helps in the marriage and immigration documents.
Sex tourism started in the 1970s, when the Marcos Dictatorship embarked on an intense campaign to attract visitors to the Philippines so as to raise quick cash to pay the interest on huge loans from the IMF/WB. A portion of the loans was provided by IMF/WB for the construction of shoulder-to-shoulder first-class hotels, which needed tourists to be profitable. The Marcos Dictatorship started its tourism development with the hosting of an international beauty contest. The Ramos government started its tourism development plan by hosting the same international beauty pageant. Mail-order Brides
Considered a legitimate business in many countries, mail-order bride (MOB) agencies provide men with names, addresses, telephone numbers, pictures and vital statistics of women listed in their catalog or website. The men pay from $50-$800 for batches of names and relevant information. The agencies claim they do not sell women; they only sell photos, names and addresses. But they do offer extra service to their clientele who are all men. They teach the men what to write to the women (“don’t write you’re a truck driver; say you’re in the trucking business”) and how to use the women’s noblest sentiment – the dream of lifting their parents and sibling from poverty – to agree to marry a stranger and live in an alien land. Many, many, many Filipinas have ended up trafficked, battered, abused, raped and/or murdered in this power relationship masquerading as marriage.
Although MOBs from Russia and Eastern Europe are widely reported on in the media, a casual perusal of the catalog of the largest MOB agency in the US shows that nearly 70% of the women for sale come from the Philippines. The US is the top recipient of MOBs from the Philippines, followed by Australia and then the rest of Europe. Some aberrant practices are the so-called 30-day warranty (after 30 days, if the man is not satisfied, he can return the woman to the agency), the “discovery” clause (having sex with the woman to determine if she is satisfactory) and “specialization” – i.e., providing wives to the physically disabled so that they save on homecare and nursing costs. Domestic Prostitution
The Philippines, per ILO figures, has close to 800,000 women in the sex trade, already overtaking Thailand in terms of the absolute number of prostitutes. The increase is largely due to women’s dispossession under globalization; destruction caused by cultural imperialism of kinship-based safety nets; and the demand for human bodies by the sex trade, as this relies largely on youth and comeliness for profit.
from The Purple Rose Campaign