USC visits the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines

Please visit this link, http://manila.usembassy.gov/mobile/usc-up-women-empowerment-legislation.html, to read about USC Social Work students’ visit to the US Embassy.

During the Philippine Global Immersion Program, USC and students from the University of the Philippines Manila and Diliman visited the US Embassy for a discussion about women’s empowerment and legislation. The event was welcomed by Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Brian Goldbeck, an alumni of USC, on June 5th. The speakers at the event were former Congresswoman Lia Maza and Senator Loren Legarda of the Philippines.

             Pictures from the event can be seen by visiting the link provided above.

 

 

 

 

ABC News Speical: Alleged Underage Prostitution in the Philippines

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/alleged-underage-prostitution-philippines-18594673

This ABC News special about human trafficking and prostitution in the Philippines was shown in February 2013. Regardless of the time that goes by since the premiere showing of this special, the issue of human trafficking, prostitution, and the sex industry remains to be a global issue.

My classmates and I visited Subic Bay for two days and interacted with some girls/women who work(ed) at the bars and clubs. The experience brought to life the women and girls’ desperation for survival. Most, if not all, of the girls and women who became involved in trafficking, prostitution, and the sex industry do not willingly chose this lifestyle. The overall systemic organization of the country is what places these women and girls into these situations. The organization of the country includes the lack of implemented laws like the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012, the immense amount of poverty, increasing presence of violence against women and children, the lack of employment, and a lack of government-supported social services. The awareness of these issues on a global level needs to be greatly enhanced in order to prevent trafficking in the future.