Change Magazine September 2017 Issue - Page 32

PHILIPPINES Grassroots Voices WHEN GIRLS RISE, WE ALL RISE Kent Harry P. Cumpio In 2013, Sweetie, a 10-year old Filipina girl, found herself in an online chat room, receiving messages from 20,000 men around the world. But they weren’t interested in her favorite toys or the colors she liked. They wanted what no adult should ever ask of a child. Although it was revealed that Sweetie was a computer- generated child by a Dutch children’s charity to track sexual predators online, this awareness campaign revealed a disturbing reality—that child prostitution remains a rampant problem in the Philippines. In fact, ECPAT, an NGO that fights child trafficking, describes the Philippines as a “traditional child sex tourism destination.” Of the 13.4 million children who are suffering from poverty how many girls are coerced into prostitution and marriage? There are 1.8 million abandoned children, or about 1% of th RVFFB&R&֖rFP7G&VWG2B&Vvvrf"fB@Wr6vRV7W&RF@FW&R&FV7FVBg&7&֖w&W36FǒFR&&V&V0VFG&W76VBFF2F'W@#FW&R&RvƖ6W2bRFPw&77&G26V7F.( F&v旦F0FB&RffW&rFf&f"FPVV&B6&rFV"WW&V6W2BffW&r7W'B77FVF2666R&62p&VVFRGf67bF7FV6WfW"66RG2fVFFआ7F'&62FW&W6FFR6f6rFBFW7FRFR&W6V6R`7&626VFW'2f"'W6VB6G&VFW&RvW&V( B7&626VFW'0FVF6FVB7V6f6ǒf"'W6V@7G&VWBv&26RFV6WBW'6V`֗76FfF2v@&fFR6VFW"F7G&VWBv&2v&Rf7F2b66B6WV'W6RfW"FRV'2F7FV62&VVRBǐF7F&W2bw&Vb'WB6bR'#2Sc7G&VWBv&2fP6VBF7FV6FV R"( F( BV6PBVVR7F'FFVvBF7FV6FW0F7FV626FVBF6G&ƗW2&fFr6&VV6fP&6F&V&ƗFFr7G&VW@v&2vF7F'b'W6Rv&0vVBR&R7W'&VFVB'FVF6FVB7Ffbv6wVFPFVFV"W&WF&V6fW'g&rWrg&VG2FFp6vRvR6WFV&W"#rwwr6vVrF6FW"6ЦW6VB6&W2BWfVGVǐ&VFVw&FrFV6VfW2&6F66WGFR66v&W'0BF7FV6&RFW&PFVFV6VVrFRv&0V&ƗfW2B&V6P&GV7FfRV&W'2bFP6VGgFW"FV"7F0&VVFR7&Ff"FP6VFW.( 2VVW2vfVFRƖ֗FVB76RFP6VFW"6ǒ66WB#2v&2@FRFW6Rg&FffW&V@&6w&VG26RfR&VV&7FGWFVBB&Rf7F0b6WV'W6RvRFW'0bFR2B֖Ɩ6G&Vv&R7VffW&rg&ЧfW'Grv&2&R6W&6VBF&7FGWFB'&vSFW&R&R֖Ɩ&FVB6G&V"&W@RbFRVFFB&R&֖rFR7G&VWG2@&Vvvrf"fBBWआr6vRV7W&RFBFW&R&FV7FVBg&Ц7&֖w&W3wwr6vVrF6FW"66vRvR6WFV&W"#p#