In the Philippines, women and girls are increasingly falling victim to trafficking amidst displacement due to the effects of climate change. When Gemma first started working in the red light district of Angeles City, Philippines, she was given a knife and pepper spray by her sisters. The eldest, Jojo, asked that she always text the name and room number of the motel where a man would take her. The sisters never planned to come here. The Philippines consistently makes the lists of countries most affected by climate change with its frequent storms.
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Sexuality in the Philippines - Wikipedia
Despite increasing sexual liberalization, virginity and its loss persist as contested and highly gendered concepts in many parts of Asia. According to theories in feminism and sexuality studies, virginity may be socially constructed as either a gift, a stigma, an act of worship, or a process. We synthesize findings from quantitative sources and original qualitative data from focus groups and interviews with Filipino women and men. Filipina women expressed disapproval of sex for unmarried women, but less for unmarried men, and placed less importance on male virginity. The evidence indicates the presence of a sexual double standard and supports the argument that women themselves may endorse cultural belief systems that restrict female sexuality. Female virginity was dominantly constructed either as a gift an embodied resource given by women to men or, more often, as a prize to be claimed by men from women within the context of heterosexual marriage.
Sex Trafficking in the Philippines:
Prostitution in the Philippines is illegal, although somewhat tolerated, with law enforcement being rare with regards to sex workers. Penalties range up to life imprisonment for those involved in trafficking , which is covered by the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of In , it was estimated that there were up to , prostitutes in the Philippines ,  from a population of roughly Citing a study, Senator Pia S. Prostitution caters to both local customers and foreigners.
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