Prostitution

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Prostitution in the Philippines is illegal. It is a serious crime with penalties ranging up to life imprisonment for those involved in trafficking.[1] It is covered by the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.[2] Prostitution is sometimes illegally available through brothels (also known as casa), bars, karaoke bars (also known as KTVs), massage parlors, street walkers and escort services.

There are an estimated 800,000 women working as prostitutes in the Philippines, with some of them believed to be underage. Prostitution in various regions

Prostitution caters to local customers and foreigners . Media attention tends to focus on those areas catering to sex tourism, primarily through bars staffed by bargirls. Cities where there is a high incidence of prostitution are Angeles City, Olongapo, Subic Bay and Pasay City[4] , with the customers usually foreign businessmen from East Asian and Western nations.[4]

Prostitution in Olongapo City and Angeles City was highly prominent during the time of the U.S. military bases called Subic Bay Naval Base and Clark Air Base, respectively.[5][6] When Mount Pinatubo, a volcano, erupted in 1991, it destroyed most of Clark Air Base and the US closed it down in 1992.

Most of the associated prostitution trade closed with it, but when the mayor of Manila, Alfredo Lim, closed down the sex industry area of Ermita in Manila during his first term, many of the businesses moved to Angeles, finding a new customer base among sex tourists.[7]

Other tourist areas such as Cebu have also developed a high profile prostitution industry.

Violence and coercion against prostitutes

For information about Human Trafficking and Child Prostitution in the Philippines please see Human trafficking in the Philippines

Women and children involved in prostitution are vulnerable to rape, murder, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.[8]

Surveys of women working as masseuses indicated that 34 percent of them explained their choice of...
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