Caritas Manila wants gov’t to act against ‘sex-for-food’

The priest said that young women in Calauan in Laguna are being coerced to provide sex in exchange for food or money ranging from P100 to P150.

Philippines
Aug 14 2014, 12:53 PM
Caritas Manila wants gov’t to act against ‘sex-for-food’
An informal settlement in Metro Manila area.

Caritas Manila executive director Father Anton Pascual pressed the government yesterday to take action against ongoing “sex-for-food” arrangements, particularly in resettlement areas in Metro Manila.

The priest said that young women in Calauan in Laguna are being coerced to provide sex in exchange for food or money ranging from P100 to P150.

“Sex for food is immoral. To eat decently is a basic right of everybody so the society must provide for that right,” he said.

Calauan is being used as resettlement area of informal settlers in Metro Manila through projects of the ABS-CBN Foundation – the Bayan ni Juan (Country of Juan), an integration of rescue, rehabilitation and environmental programmes , and the Kapit-Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (Holding Together for Pasig River), an advocacy to clean and rehabilitate the Pasig river.

Father Pascual also appealed to the government to ensure that informal settlers’ livelihood, health and education will be looked after before resettling them.

If this is not done, according to him, they will have difficulties living in their new communities.

“Resettled urban poor families need social preparation and economic opportunity before being uprooted [from] Metro Manila,” Father Pascual said.

“The issue is still economics that’s why they migrate in urban areas and cramps in unjust and inhumane conditions,” he added.

Source: CBCP News

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