This is a story of how young bar girls are in fact driving a corporate empire in the Philippines. Where one business of the “world’s oldest profession” is driving another business – infrastructure development, corporate salaries, police jobs etc – and subsidized largely AND driven by US commercial interests. A corporate empire, dealing in hundreds of millions of dollars, BILLIONS of Pesos, money, greed and no doubt corruption – but where do the bar girls fit in?
Heard of the Millennium Challenge Corporation? … More on these dudes soon.
There are simple rules in the Philippines that any foreigner should live by:
- #1 – Never trust a Filipino;
- #2 – Never believe anything you hear from a Filipino;
- #3 – Never believe anything you read in a Filipino news service.
- #4 – Never lend a Filipino money, you’ll never get it back.
Filipinos are often never good at asking questions or making any serious enquiry but worse still is a climate of fear to do the right thing and report the FACTS. Fear of reprisal, fear of job loss and fear for their families safety are some of the biggest issues.
As such do Filipino’s really believe what they are reading in the paper that girls are being rescued from the clutches of evil, bought and sold, held against their will working in bars in Angeles?
This particular article focuses on the term “rescues” and what the motivation is behind getting girls out of the bars. Anyone reading the media might have over the last 5 years at least and longer in the Philippines seen the term used where police go into beer bars and rescue girls.
This term often is vague. The girls are generally dancing at the club, free to come and go as they please and are in fact being paid a small daily salary and a commission from drinks. There is no detainment of the girls. What are they being rescued from? – why do police have to go in with guns etc? There are a tonne of bars around, why are certain bars being selected and not others? Why not have a program that offers opportunities to girls, devoid of police and allows them to decide whether they would want to work in alternative employment or take a gamble meeting some 80 years old grease ball foreigner in the hope this turkey would be stupid enough to pay an allowance each month to them.
It’s often quoted that (these girls that are free to come and go) are being humanly trafficked.
This is what people wonder – In a lot of cases the girls are treated worse by the cops – rounded up and put into prison and kept in confinement for some period of time pending investigation into their circumstances.
I have spoken to bar owners and they pay police protection money. It’s no surprise, but what is a surprise is another NGO organisation who also pays police to raid bars – If the price is higher than what the bars pay, then the police will raid and of course “rescue” the girls.
There are many organisations out there but the main ones in the news are Manila based IACAT or the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking and another NGO organisation called the IJM
Often the articles portray foreigner’s as being the big dirty monsters that are abusing children and exploiting women. Sorry, but the proportion of foreigners living in the Philippines vs nearly 100 million locals is very small by comparison and there are in my experience substantially more Filipinos abusing women in various forms than what foreigners are doing. There are Filipino’s who sell their children to Foreigners for sex – yet more emphasis is placed on the Foreigner and little media coverage on the parents. Filipino’s selling their kids is common, boyfriends trafficking their girlfriends to feed a drug addiction is common. Lets be real. Filipino’s would find that statement unpalatable as Filipino pride gets in the way to say “oh but Filipinos are fun loving, caring Christians and we are all about the family and family values” – oh fucking bullshit.
There is also a “grey zone” of Prostitution in the Philippines which these NGOs don’t cover – That is “Freelancer” prostitution.
The bottom line is Filipinos don’t give a shit about their citizens let alone women. Prostitution happens everywhere in the form of “freelancing prostitutes” – the ones that need a job and the employment conditions are such that they have to sell their bodies to BUY a job, uniform, the stupidity of all the paperwork the employee has to pay for etc just to work at slave mall (SM), buy food etc. You can find freelancers everywhere – off dating sites, in shopping malls and in night clubs and bar areas. They are fucking everywhere in their thousands. But the cops and so called do-gooder NGO’s don’t go for these types of girls as one rescue here or there won’t shift any numbers.
You see – this is a quota system. The target is a higher rating so there has to be a quota goal and everything is done to a targetted KPI figure – that is how a good operation should be run.
Why don’t they come down on all the nasty Arab bosses that treat Filipino workers like shit or Chinese in Hong Kong.
Filipino’s seem to condone prostitution as a way to make money. I’ve even heard – “im not a prostitute but I don’t have sex for free” – well, whoopy fuck, is that the same as your “can i borrow money and pay you back next salary” which is often used but never followed through in the Philippines.
If there was a concern, then there would be a bigger drive in other areas of equality – especially cracking down on the Oligarch’s and businesses that abuse workers and force employees into prostitution to make up for the minuscule 100 pesos or so they get paid and to cover their own outlay for uniforms, shoes, X-rays, gate passes — EVEN NO PAY and the list goes on that business in the Philippines doesn’t provide its workers. OJT students are a classic case where they don’t get paid to work but need to sleep with men for money in order to get money while the businesses get FREE LABOR.
NOTE – this article has nothing to do with defending pedophiles and abusers. In fact, there are many assholes that come to the Philippines and also many local Filipino assholes as well, and protecting women and children is paramount. What this article focuses on is the lies what is driving these “rescue” is not being told – and that there is a one-sided view based on media bias out there that Foreigners are largely the ones causing the problem.
I wish I had kept the article which had two cases – a foreigner alleged to have had sex with an underage girl (who knows, it could have been a false complaint like many disgruntled Filipinas make of their partners over non-payment of allowances, relationship breakups etc) and the local Filipino who abused a young child and that made page 8 into the paper! – Bia’s and half truths in Filipino media is rampant.
Do you see what I mean? There needs to be more truth to the problem, tell it how it is – “we pay cops bribes” – and if there’s an article about the same issue have fair airplay and put a more balanced article in the paper – local and foreigner side by side, not the locals article for the same offence BURIED in the last pages of the paper.
Sigh… I don’t think this will ever happen. Filipino’s can’t usually even say sorry so how will fairness in media come in?
So what is driving the rescues?
MONEY. That is one thing – MONEY. Corporate greed. I’ve often been concerned by some of these NGO organisations dealing with locals as they have no idea how Filipinos work. Deluded by Filipino charm they think that Filipino’s have good intentions to look after these bar girls. They think they will trust Filipino’s to do the right thing – IJM employs spotters at bus stops etc spotting dirty old foreigners dragging along girls (in one case a girls dating profile was setup by her mum and it clearly stated she was 18!).
Filipinos have lied and cheated for too long – From former Presidents down! And its become accepted in society that you can get away with it.
The problem is Filipinos are corruptible
and there are cases especially in Angeles City north of Manila, where cops setup a person (always tending to be a foreigner), demand money and then let them off after bribes are paid. This is frequent and do these overseas based, do-gooder NGO who the fuck they are dealing with. It’s a endemic cultural problem here – liars, cheaters, deception and I could have said from the top down (well, it used to be from the president’s down and through government before Duterte came on board to clean it all up) and its ACCEPTED.
Who pays the most, wins the business.
So money drives the rescues. It’s never been said, but I have long said it – as I know that Filipino politicians don’t do anything from the goodness of their hearts. There is always a motive behind the action. This motive is MONEY. It’s not to get the average bar girl out of harm.
Did you see that – the country won an award!
“RP GETS TOP RANKING IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING”
Its all about getting a high global tier ranking. This ranking system is driven by the US. There are other rankings that matter for the country eg. Global Slavery Initiated by Walk Free Foundation
“Amidst the threat of losing $700 million in non-humanitarian assistance, the government has since intensified its campaign through the IACAT and has continuously gained recognition’s for its innovative campaigns”. Money, Money and more money. $700 million? Thats a lot of pesos folks.
the campaigns it refers to include getting the numbers up on rescues and bar raids. The very bars that pay corrupt cops to stay away.
DO THE MATH – MORE MONEY + MORE RESCUES = IM RICH.
Sure, good thing more money from performing such rescues will be directed into increased provision of protective services” with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at its helm, mentioning its recovery and reintegration program and partnership with NGOs. Lastly, the work of Bureau of Immigration (BI), Philippine Overseas employment Agency (POEA) and Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) were also mentioned for the government’s “robust efforts to prevent trafficking.”
The aim is to be a tier-1 country ie.
Countries ranked under Tier 1 are countries whose governments fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of severe forms of trafficking as provided by the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) of the United States. This is the highest ranking a country may receive.
Nothing wrong with that is there 🙂
Where does the money come from? – The MCC of course.
You see there are some other spin-offs – More rescues means more money and recent articles have mentioned money being channeled into the Millennium Challenge Corporation or MCC which was a US organisation established by congress to do with funding projects in developing countries.
This is where it gets dirty – “corporation”? – yes, a corporate organisation. Its been quoted that the MCC granted the Philippines a five-year development “compact” for investment in roads, community, development projects and improvements to the Bureau of Internal return.
MCC empowers countries to transparently raise their own funds to provide health care, roads, and education – all critical to helping people rise out of poverty.
Discover how MCC advances American values by delivering development assistance that promotes sound policy reforms, creates new opportunities for economic growth, and shares learning that makes the discipline of development effective and results-focused.
MCC forms partnerships with some of the world’s poorest countries, but only those committed to:
and investments in their citizens.
MCC provides these well-performing countries with large-scale grants to fund country-led solutions for reducing poverty through sustainable economic growth. MCC grants complement other U.S. and international development programs.
Great! More money for roads, Government Departments, Other Infrastructure.
But is it? – Why then are road infrastructure works in Cebu such as the Cebu bus project being funded by the Asia development bank and other organisations? Is there a list of the projects that the MCC is funding? You hardly hear of the MCC in the media.
If I wasn’t a skeptical man, i have seen many mayors in towns around the Philippines controlling local road works business, supply chains etc and some pretty dodgy tendering processes going on to achieve the business from their own Council. I am sure that those in the feeding chain will be licking their lips looking for business with the MCC Corporation to build this infrastructure. Can you smell the seeds of corruption boiling away? I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine?
I can just see Filipino power brokers trying to get some lick of the cream – some how. It’s always been the case in the Philippines that you cannot get anywhere without greasing someones hand.
Filipino’s think of themselves first and anyone else last. Have a look at how many businesses have been plundered including the country. Have a look at all the failed businesses and foreign interests that have been ripped off by Filipinos, Filipino companies due to the lack of foreigner protections – after all 60% or a controlling share of anything must go to a local and trying to get any legal recourse in the event of being ripped off is down right impossible.
HIGHER TIER RATINGS TRANSLATES TO HIGHER INVESTMENT GRADE RATINGS. HIGHER INVESTMENT GRADES WILL PROVIDE THE GREEN LIGHT FOR INVESTMENT FUNDS LIMITED BY MANDATES AS TO THE COUNTRIES INVESTMENT GRADE RATING – SEE THE PROCESS?
Its in the best interests to improve the countries investment grade rating and a high score from say moodys ratings agency, Morgan and Fitch etc will mean the country opens itself up to more investment dollars – Nothing wrong with that, its badly needed in a lot of areas especially Mindanao and Visayas.
Ratings agencies take into account tax collections and social standards of a country and if the Philippines is improving its departments such as the BIR with these “rescue dollars” – then everything is sweet.
But I go back to the point of this article – It’s not about protecting Pedophilia and abuse of women. There is no doubt good work being done by these groups. Women and girls should be cared for and protected, children should be protected. The articles purpose was to show you that that over the years the real structure or purpose of these “rescues” has not been fully detailed. In other words, TELL THE FUCKING TRUTH how it is folks.
Your so-called rescuing is driven by these HUNDREDS of millions of dollars, BILLIONS of Peso’s in funding isn’t it?! or were Filipino’s going to get off their arses and implement a rescue plan to save its women (and children) from prostitution themselves regardless of the MCC money. Lol! Filipino’s from many, many years of living in the Philippines don’t do anything for free. It’s a “you scratch my back and only then I’ll scratch yours (or not at all scratch back)” society. Filipino’s only get off their lazy arses when they are hungry or there is free money to be collected off the table and It’s the MCC dollar grants that drive this so called human trafficking plan, not a love of the country and its people and definitely not PINOY PRIDE.
Along the way, there have been corrupt cops working to take money from foreigners. The girls that are being rescued.
Do you see now what is driving this so called NUMBERS GAME? It’s not the girls, it’s the dollars. To get more money in, to get more projects going and to build the investments on the backs of the number of hookers rescued.
So the power brokers, corporate entities dishing out dollars and the local businesses salivating for road and bridge building tenders etc really at the end of the day don’t give a shit about “20 years old Rosy” that was rescued from a bar. i DOUBT ANYONE GIVES A SHIT, BECAUSE – after the number has been ticked off the “rescue list” Poor old Rosy needs to earn money to support her family and i doubt there is any sustainable work these departments would put her into.
You could probably liken the example of the government “trying” to do a good thing to smoking. You see we all know smoking is bad and the government does its best to control the situation but in this analogy, Angeles City still exists with Fields Ave and prostitution rampant. Everyone knows illicit activity is going on just like the smoking but its collecting money from foreign tourists, taxes, businesses. But the drive to shut operations is coming from NUMBERS – more rescues = more MCC Corporate money. If the government was serious, it could shut AC overnight but there wouldn’t be the money flow from the MCC would there let alone the other tax benefits (property tax, income tax, alcohol sales tax, VAT etc) it makes from the worlds oldest profession. But theres a constant supply of girls especially from Leyte, Samar coming to Pampanga that will fill up the brothels of Angeles to keep the MCC money flowing and keep the “rescue” machinery afloat!
PS – As for the NGO’s generally – do they relate relate to the people they have come to help? I used to see many at leading hotels that live there in the hotels, lapping up the luxury for weeks on end in the bar/lounge area. It was quite disgusting really to see this level of luxury being spent at the expense of donations monies.