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To cross coronavirus border, prostituted women abused by cops first

May 21, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The coronavirus pandemic unmasks yet again the abusive relationship between the police and prostituted women. Local governments have not been of much help.

Korean arrested for pimping during coronavirus lockdown in Pampanga

Apr 25, 2020 - 3:40 PM

An hour-long chase ensues after a Korean national attempts to evade undercover cops who caught him pimping a woman in Angeles City

13 foreign women rescued from 'prostitution den' in Makati

Jan 31, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Two Chinese men are arrested for allegedly running prostitution operations at the Golden Dragon Hotel in Barangay Bangkal in Makati

RESCUED. Makati police rescue Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese women from a prostitution den in Barangay Bangkal, Makati on January 29, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

China bans 'custody and education' punishment for sex workers

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:28 PM

'Sex workers are subjected to police violence – forced labour, compulsory testing for sexually transmitted disease... [and] humiliation and physical violence at these centers,' says Shen Tingting of non-government organization Asia Catalyst

4 women rescued from 'prostitution den' in San Juan

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Authorities turn over the 4 women to the San Juan City Social Welfare and Development Office. Mayor Francis Zamora also orders the closure of the establishment.

RESCUED. The San Juan city government together with the San Juan police raid a 'prostitution den' masquerading as a health spa along Santolan Road in San Juan City on October 10, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Makati police raid hotel used as prostitution front

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Some 35 women are rescued in the near-midnight operation

Photo from Makati Police

51 Chinese women rescued in Parañaque 'prostitution den'

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Thirty-one Chinese nationals are arrested for managing and transacting at an alleged prostitution den

ARRESTED. Dozens of Chinese men are arrested in a prostitution den masked as a wellness spa. NCRPO photo

Apps, social media fuel 'booming' online prostitution – study

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The organization calls on authorities to 'mobilize social networks' and hold accountable websites which profit from online prostitution

Backpage co-founders, executives indicted on prostitution charges

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:18 AM

The website, known as the world's biggest website for prostitution, 'will no longer serve as a platform for human traffickers to thrive,' FBI Director Christopher Wray says

BACKPAGE.COM. The website, criticized as the biggest prostitution website in the world, is seized by the FBI. Screenshot from

FBI shuts down sex classifieds giant Backpage

Apr 07, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Critics accuse of being the biggest website for prostitution in the world

Oxfam probes new sexual misconduct cases as MPs grill bosses

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:35 PM

Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring tells a parliamentary committee in London the cases varied in their seriousness, while 16 related to its international operation

Oxfam aid workers accused of using prostitutes in Haiti

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Young sex workers were hired by senior staff in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake which devastated the island and left up to 300,000 people dead, The Times reports

Leaving the sex industry and starting anew

Jul 30, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Danica who became a sex worker at 12 years old recalls her ordeal and how she began a new life

YOUNG. Danica is just one of the thousands of child victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Philippines. All photos from Joy Maluyo/World Vision

2-year-old boy, 6 others rescued from Bacolod cybersex den

Jul 14, 2017 - 2:38 PM

The victims include the children nieces and neighbors of the alleged operator of the cybersex den

Locator map of Bacolod City

3 minors rescued in Bacolod cybersex raid

May 06, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The victims were allegedly exploited by one of the minors mothers and were told to pose nude for a foreign audience online say authorities

How Andrea and her sisters escaped from prostitution

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:40 PM

A child prostitute shares her story of survival and escape

South Korea constitutional court upholds strict anti-prostitution law

Mar 31, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Prostitution is violent and exploitative in its nature and therefore cannot be seen as a free transaction says the judges

Jang Se-Hee (C), a sex worker, cries as she leaves after the Constitutional Court upholds the current anti-prostitution law at the court in Seoul on March 31, 2016.  South Korea's Constitutional Court on March 31 upheld a strict anti-prostitution law that punishes individual women who trade sex for money. The legislation, enacted in 2004, carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of three million won (2,580 USD) for anyone convicted of selling or purchasing sex.  / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE

24 women rescued from Boracay human trafficking

Mar 11, 2016 - 7:30 AM

The suspects are collared after receiving P4 000 in marked money from a confidential agent who acted as their customer

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Infamous Jakarta red-light district razed to the ground

Feb 29, 2016 - 2:57 PM

The demolition is part of a plan to close all brothel areas in the Muslim majority country

Warga membongkar bangunan menjelang pembongkaran kawasan Kalijodo di Jakarta, pada 28 Februari 2016. Foto oleh Fanny Octavianus/Antara

Indonesia plans to close all red-light districts by 2019

Feb 24, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Prostitution can never be erased from the Earth but we must try to stop it corrupting our youth

HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Millions of women fall victim to human trafficking worldwide, with the Philippines as a source of prostitution and forced labor victims. File photo from Newsbreak

[DASH of SAS] 'Mercy' sex in Iloilo

Aug 26, 2015 - 4:03 PM

They are transitional men They engage in sex transactionally on a case to case basis or maybe when the need arises

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Aug 07, 2015 - 5:00 AM

British lord resigns after 'taking drugs with prostitutes'

Jul 28, 2015 - 12:06 PM

UPDATED The Sun newspaper s front page on Monday showed former government minister Lord John Sewel relaxing in an orange bra and leather jacket belonging to a prostitute

A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London January 31, 2012. Andy Rain/EPA

[Dash of SAS] Prostitution or negotiable affection?

Jul 08, 2015 - 10:13 PM

Girls come to Angeles City when there are typhoons and when their former homes can no longer offer them safety or opportunity Some run away from abusive oppressive homes others come here for the fun of it

Manila by Night: A photographic retrospective

Jun 27, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Thirty five years since its movie release in 1980 how has Manila evolved or devolved? How much has changed or has been left unchanged?

Kenyan town savors saintly sex surge – report

May 14, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Hundreds of prostitutes flock to a Kenyan town ahead of the beatification ceremony of an Italian nun

Sex at sea: Fil-Am US Navy officer guilty of procuring prostitutes

Apr 11, 2015 - 6:10 PM

(UPDATED) The US Justice Department's warning against hiring sex workers comes after a string of sex trade scandals involving federal agents and military personnel

US warns agents not to consort with prostitutes

Apr 11, 2015 - 1:09 PM

A memo from the US Justice Department warns government staff not to hire sex workers even if deployed in countries or regions where such behavior is legal or tolerated

Nevada brothel offers $100K Pacquiao vs Mayweather package

Mar 23, 2015 - 3:21 AM

The package includes two tickets to the fight round trip airfare car service lodging plus a visit with all 24 girls working at the ranch

Sheri's Ranch is offering a deal for those who don't mind staying an hour outside of Las Vegas for the fight. Photo from Wikipedia

Why punish prostitutes and not customers and pimps?

Mar 12, 2015 - 10:00 AM

When hip writers talk about prostitution even pornography as simply work or as free expression of sexuality they miss the reality of patriarchy

Kids aren't supposed to be for sex

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:23 PM

Citizens are advised to be more proactive in preventing child abuse

Singaporean admits to organizing sex tours in PH, other countries

Feb 09, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Singaporean authorities arrest Chan Chun Hong 31 based on information from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation

Basketball commentator Greg Anthony arrested in prostitution sting

Jan 18, 2015 - 2:11 AM

The former NBA player now faces a misdemeanor solicitation charge that could land him up to 180 days in prison

ARRESTED. Former NBA star will miss the remainder of the season's NCAA basketball broadcasts after being arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images/AFP

Surabaya brothel closures hit HIV prevention in Indonesia

Nov 11, 2014 - 3:45 PM

The now empty alleyways of Dolly in Surabaya do not mean the sex trade has disappeared just dispersed

Will banning child porn sites make syndicates harder to trace?

Nov 01, 2014 - 11:47 PM

The most important effect of the ban on child pornography sites is how it stems new markets for child pornography says the National Bureau of Investigation

Switzerland to nix 'stripper' visas

Oct 23, 2014 - 9:07 AM

The government says the 8 month permits will no longer be granted after the end of 2015 on the grounds that they have stoked sexual exploitation in the Alpine country

Police shoot tear gas in Surabaya's 'Dolly' sex district

Jul 28, 2014 - 12:54 AM

Around 300 protesters tore out and set alight a sign erected by the Surabaya city that read: This area is free from brothels and prostitution

SHUTTERED. Indonesian police arrest protesters during a raid to shut down Surabaya's red light district, popularly known as "Dolly", on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr festival on July 27, 2014. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Iraq prostitutes slain amid culture of fear and secrecy

Jul 13, 2014 - 9:35 PM

Hatred for prostitutes may be one of the few things Shiite and Sunni extremists have in common

Indonesia's top red-light district nears shutdown

Jun 16, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Despite fierce resistance the crusading mayor of Surabaya is attempting to do what her predecessors have failed to: shut down Indonesia s biggest brothel strip

TIME TO COVER UP. Indonesian sex workers cover their faces as military police accompanied by journalists conduct patrols to prevent soldiers and police from patronizing Surabaya city's red light district popularly known as Dolly. Surabaya’s crusading new mayor has pledged to shut down the area by June 18. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

[DASH OF SAS] Myla's dilemma

May 07, 2014 - 7:07 PM

At 17 Myla worked as a dancer and guest relations officer in different night clubs to pay her way through college

Sri Lanka rejects casinos after prostitution fears

Apr 26, 2014 - 10:33 PM

A Sri Lankan legislator fears that gambling will spur prostitution and harm Buddhist culture

Is prostitution happening in Zambo evac camps?

Apr 24, 2014 - 3:43 PM

Adding to the bad condition of the evacuation centers an alarming report claims that prostitution is happening in the camps and that cases of sexually transmitted diseases are infecting the IDPs today

[Dash of SAS] Prosti-tuition

Feb 19, 2014 - 9:26 PM

MJ walks to make ends meet and pay for her college tuition It s a life less ordinary and fraught with risks

Berlusconi, ex-prostitute investigated for witness tampering: court

Jan 23, 2014 - 8:46 PM

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated for tampering with witnesses in a trial that saw him sentenced to jail for having sex with an underage prostitute

TAMPERING? Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated for tampering with witnesses in a trial that saw him sentenced to jail for having sex with an underage prostitute. Photo from EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

De Lima: Not enough resources in anti-cybersex effort

Jan 17, 2014 - 8:34 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the country is well supported logistically in its anti trafficking drive but resources remain inadequate

35 Filipinas rescued as Taiwan cracks human smuggling ring

Jan 17, 2014 - 8:16 PM

Ring leader Hung now out on bail allegedly recruited the women as professional dancers but took away their passports and forced them to work as sex slaves

NBI: Online sex trade cottage industry in PH

Jan 16, 2014 - 6:10 PM

Usually parents or older family members are involved in the prostitution of minors but children won t speak against them making prosecutors job harder

Child prostitution film marks Human Rights Day

Dec 02, 2013 - 12:00 PM

A special screening of Lilet Never Happened aims to draw attention to the problem of child prostitution

SANDY AS LILET. Sandy Talag calls out to the youth to stand up for themselves. Photo from the film's Facebook

Failed relocation in 'Bayan ni Juan'

Nov 23, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Residents are so impoverished sex for food prostitution exists in the community