Story originally published on November 10, 2014
A regional focal person for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Eastern Visayas reported that more minors are being trafficked in Tacloban and neighboring areas that were affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. Many are being recruited to work in bars and subjected to forced labor and prostitution. DSWD has rescued 50 victims, mostly minors, since last November. In some cases, the children’s mothers have acted as their pimps. Prostitution is a growing business in the area, where people are desperate for money to rebuild after the typhoon. Local government leaders are working to implement various measures to curb trafficking and prostitution in the area.
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