Author(s): Mariejo Ramos

Sex trafficking plagues Filipino city where typhoon wrought havoc

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Besides making more women and girls vulnerable to sexual exploitation, the 2013 typhoon - known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Yolanda - wreaked havoc for law enforcement efforts against the traffickers.

"When Yolanda struck, court documents were washed away," said Bastes, adding that due to the loss of paperwork and court delays it had taken 13 years to secure a conviction in one case she had worked on.


With congested courts and only one hospital authorised in the Eastern Visayas region to conduct medical checks on sexual abuse victims - a requirement in Philippine law, convictions can take years, said Coringcoting.

At the shelter, tucked next to a public school in Tacloban's busy bayside boulevard, social workers like her have to juggle the legal cases of about 20 victims at a time. Their job includes liaising between police and victims, and appearing alongside them in court.


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