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The duty free in the disused American base of Clark in Angeles City.
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A portrait of jose Maria Escrivà inside a chapel.
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Girls crossing the road in Angeles City.
The city is defined as the main source of entertainment in the Philippines. Lady prices in go-go bars may vary depending on the chosen venue.
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Rosario Baluyot died from a severe infection in her cervix in May 1987. Parts of an electronic vibrator used by the man who abused her were stuck inside her vagina for over 7 months.
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The Victoria Children’s Home is an open and therapeutic center where the children receive comprehensive care against the traffickers and abusers.
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Most of the girls had a similar, loveless, childhood.
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Along the corridor girls taking a nap after lunch.
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MariJ is the ninth child of a big family. After the rescue she finds difficult to control the rage, that is particularly unleashed with the youngest.
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In the Primal Therapy, the girls gather in a group in the padded therapy room and give themselves the right to cry, shout and punch the cushions to release their frustrations and anger.

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The practical application of feeling therapy, or emotional expression therapy, looks and tackle the underlying pain of abusing years.
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Only when pain and anger are experienced and released, the child become whole again, and able to cope with her future.
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"Chilotte" has been a victim of sexual exploitation.
Very young she was sex trafficked both to local and foreign nationals.
Biological mother was a prostitute and currently is detained in jail.


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Inside the "Home for Children" girls feel loved and protected again.
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The youngest is approximately five/seven years old. The child cannot tell her birthday cause the family never celebrate it.

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Naval Subic Bay was one of America's largest naval bases in Asia. Subic today is the second destination for sex tourism, the demand grows daily and many prefer it to the most famous Angeles City.
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A group of students chatting in the main street of Subic.

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When asked, most of these girls will say they are 20 even though most likely they are much younger than that.
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After US military built two military bases in 1898, Olongapo and Angeles City have become the cities with the highest percentage of sex tourists.
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Many foreign man that are retired move to live in Subic and are usual customers at local Bars.

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2,000 Pesos is the price for the bar fine in almost all bars in Subic, which includes the price for sex with the girl.
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“In the club you pretend. You pretend you’re happy."


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At the Atlantis club in Angeles city, ten years of activity are celebrated with a challenge between girls.
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Marlene has been a sex slave for almost her entire childhood. Thanks to the foundation she came out of the sex trade. Now she works to save the other little girls from her own fate.
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During a NGO meeting point, some mothers request information to register their children. Overpopulation and poverty are one of the main problems, most of the parents struggle to look after their children.
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The government has gone through the trouble of issuing identification that indicate the girls don’t have AIDS or venereal diseases. Many of the cards however are counterfeit.

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Most of the girls due to domestic violence run away from their families and end up living on the street becoming easy prey for pimps.

Crying Game

Every child who survives sexual abuse carries heavy emotional baggage that threatens her ability to trust others, to express their sexuality, and specially to forgive. Many girls, after the abuse, struggle to recognize themselves as worthy of a better life, this feeling leads them to the sex trade, alcohol and drug abuse, all to numb the pain they have inside.

Project

Since the creation of the U.S. military bases, Olongapo, Subic, and Angeles city have not been the same. In just a few years, the growing demands of the soldiers have turned them into capitals of prostitution and red light clubs.
Even after these bases fell into disuse, the phenomenon kept growing, and made them into places of recruitment of minors to be launched into the sex trade.
Even though it is widely practiced, prostitution is illegal in the Philippines.
To fight prostitution Filipino government is starting to counter the phenomenon of domestic abuse through awareness campaigns and supporting lines: fighting abuses means fighting "Mama San" ( pimps) and the recruitment of children.
Most of the children and the girls coming from rural areas ran away from home because of sexual violence perpetuated by relatives and neighbors and end up living on the street, becoming sex trade’s easy prey.
Impunity for these violences, sex abuses either make from locals or foreigns, is spreading in towns and villages, sexual exploitation is becoming normal among the Filipino communities and the legal and moral prohibitions have broken down.
Even local officials today act as negotiators between child abusers and parents to arrange a financial settlement when the child has been raped or abused, as in this way the official gets a percentage of the payment.
The child is left without help and the pedophile is free to abuse other children.
Every child surviving sexual abuses carries a heavy emotional baggage that will threaten trust towards others, the expression of sexuality, and uncontrolled anger.
Many girls, after the abuse, struggle to recognize themselves as worthy, and that is why they are easily lured or trafficked into to sex slavery, which will lead them to the use of alcohol and drugs to be able to numb the pain.
The awareness of pain and expression is fundamental.
In the Primal Therapy, the girls gather in a group in the padded therapy room and give themselves the right to cry, shout and punch the cushions to release their frustrations and anger.
This exercise repeated over time will allow them not to stifle his emotions and refuse them, but to cope with the past.
Most importantly the support they receive keep them away from street life and prostitution.
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