Global Resources

A human rights report on trafficking in persons, especially women and children: Philippines

Publisher: The Protection Project
Publication Date: Jan 2010
The Philippines has very high rates of trafficking in women and children, especially for the commercial sex industries. This human rights report on trafficking in women and children was produced by the Protection Project, a not-for-profit organisation based at John Hopkins University. It discusses the forms of trafficking, factors that contribute to the trafficking infrastructure and trafficking routes. Filipino trafficking victims are sent to a number of countries and regions of the world, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America. The Philippines is also a major transit country for trafficking Chinese women to other destinations. Poverty and gender inequalities make women and girls more vulnerable to trafficking than men and boys. Sex tourism is another large problem contributing to the high levels of human trafficking, as more foreigners come to the Philippines for the commercial sex trade. Among the forms of trafficking addressed is child prostitution. The Philippines is one of the worst countries for child trafficking in Asia, with an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 child prostitutes. Trafficked women are often forced into prostitution, marriage or labour (in brothels, bars, sweatshops and as domestic servants). The responses of government, non-governmental and international organisations, as well as multilateral initiatives to these human rights violations are also described.