The documentary is a result of two years of undercover work and filming in the Philippines. "I thought I was going to work as a dishwasher in a restaurant," she said."But when I arrived I realized it was a 'casa.'" 'Casa' is a code word for brothel in the Philippines. They often leave their homes and villages in the provinces, seeking opportunities to support their families.The legislation was designed to improve conditions for domestic workers in the country. Although she was there for only a few weeks before the Filipino police raided the apartment and freed her and the others, the damage had been done. Her captors forced her to go to extreme lengths to deceive them into thinking she was a virgin in order to command higher prices."We were forced to take a cotton ball and dip it in pigeon's blood, then put that in our sex organ," she says. In some parts of Asia, anti-trafficking groups have found that men believe sex with a virgin can cure their HIV/AIDS.These children may suffer from long-term psychological harm, in addition to missing the chance for an education.Editor's note: This article is part of The Fighters, a series of reports from a full-length film that premieres on CNN International TV on May 17 and 18 at 1900 HKT; 2200 CET; 2200 ET. And in a small, warm room filled with books and framed drawings, a young woman we're calling Maria tears at a tissue as she prepares to tell how sex traffickers corrupted her life. "I had to find a job because my father had a lung problem and I needed to find money so we could send him to the hospital." Maria met a person in her province who said he could find her a job in Manila.Feel free to bookmark Chat Hour and forward our site to your friends.
At the age of 15, Angel began connecting with foreign men in chat rooms. “They told me ‘Angel, it’s really nice to chat with the foreign guys because you can earn money.’” For several hours every day, Angel is online with men from North America and Europe.
Click here to get full infographic on human trafficking in the Philippines Many women are also forced to prostitute themselves, not because of financial circumstances, but because they fear violence against themselves or their families, if they try to escape.
CNN and BBC recently carried a horrific story about the busting of an international child prostitution ring that has been victimizing Filipino children.
The traffickers are adept at convincing them to travel with them.
Oebanda speaks before the Philippine Senate during deliberations about the Magna Carta on Domestic Workers in 2002. When I got there, I found 16 girls staying in the same small place. Maria was trapped and forced to have sex with a number of foreign and Filipino men.