In a press conference today, survivors
from organizations within the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women –
Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) marked the International Day of No Prostitution, by
criticizing statements by legislators during recent hearings in the Senate
on the escort system. CATW
leaders also revealed studies on human rights violations within the system
Pascual, President of Bagong Kamalayan and a survivor of prostitution in
the street of
to Jean Enriquez, Deputy Director of CATW-AP, “women in bars and street
prostitution have always been the target of humiliation, not only by
legislators but more frequently by the police, even as the bar owners,
pimps and customers run free and get protection.”
Philippine members of CATW revealed data
from Regional Trial Courts in
“There should be a shift in the mindset
of policy-makers, law enforcers and the public,” said Enriquez.
Calling for the passage of the Anti-Prostitution Bill, members of
CATW asserted that the women and children in prostitution should be
considered victims of economic and gender inequality which place women in
subordinated and objectified status in society.
The bill, filed in the Lower House as HB 2419, in July 2004 by
Representatives Mario Aguja and Loretta Ann Rosales seeks to penalize all
actors that exploit the victims in prostitution.
International Day of No Prostitution is celebrated every October 5
globally, calling for the eradication of the industry.
Progressive Labor (APL) 2004