By: Kenny Sacht
With long tears, Emily cried, “When walking down the street of Angeles City, they look at us as if we have a banner across our forehead saying ‘PROSTITUTE”, but WE ARE NOT. They don’t know why we are here. They don’t know our story…”
We at Wipe Every Tear never use the “P” word. Rather, they have all been PROSTITUTED by others because of poverty, and traffickers. YES, TRAFFICKERS have EXPLOITED them for their own financial gain.
By the way, I receive an occasional message from people (all men) from around the globe, saying things like “These girls come on their own free will… that is not trafficking”. (See below for an easy and clear definition of trafficking).
Emily* (pictured here) got on an airplane “willingly” to come to Angeles City to feed and provide for her little siblings, and SHE HATES IT! Many of our girls were recruited, transported (with their pimp’s money – to go into debt), deceived (were told they were coming to be solely a “dancer” or cashier), lied to, and exploited.
Last week when visiting us, Emily had HOPE. WHEN YOU OUT THERE PRAY, GOD MOVES. From deep within me, and in humility, I ask you to pray for Emily – that she would have the strength, and will to leave.
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Here are the “Trafficking” definitions (any or all of these):
5. Promises not Fulfilled
9. Abuse of Power
10. Taking Advantage of one’s Vulnerability
11. Exploitation of Vulnerability
Specifically for the Philippines, their lawmakers define trafficking here:
RA 9208: Section 3. Definition of Terms. – As used in this Act:
(a) Trafficking in Persons – refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of persons with or without the victim’s consent or knowledge, within or across national borders by means of threat or use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or, the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs.
Note: The bar industry disagrees with the definitions by the United Nations and the Philippines House of Representatives.
* Emily is not here actual name