About 4 million children in the Philippines work, more than half under exploitative and dangerous conditions. Child labor is closely linked to child trafficking and child prostitution.
An estimated 100,000 children are forced to work in prostitution and sex tourism. Together with local partner organisations, AWO International works for the rights and protection of children.
Fight against sexual exploitation of girls and women in Davao
Poverty and unemployment are the main causes that girls and women in Davao end up in prostitution or become victims of human trafficking. Many girls are only 14 years old. Together with our partner organisation Talikala, we work to protect women and girls from sexual exploitation.
Strengthening the rights of domestic workers in migration
About 10 percent of the Philippine population live and work abroad as migrants. This is mainly due to poverty and a lack of income opportunities. Many women work as domestic helpers, where they are often exposed to abuse and exploitation. Together with our partner organization Center for Migrant Advocacy, we work to protect migrant domestic workers and their rights.
Plastic waste instead of fish, exploitation instead of income
The coastal communities of the Philippine province of Sarangani depend heavily on fishing. But commercial fishing fleets empty fish stocks and fishermen lose their livelihoods. If they are hired for industrial fishing, they often fall victim to exploitation and human trafficking.
Protecting migrant workers from exploitation and abuse
Every day, women from the island of Mindanao leave their families to migrate abroad for work. For many of them, this step ends in exploitation and abuse. Together with our partner organisation MMCEAI we contribute to making migration safer.
Halting child trafficking and sexual exploitation
Time and again, children and women on the Philippine island of Mindanao become victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation. In addition, cases of sexual abuse on the Internet are becoming more frequent. Together with our partner organisation Child Alert Mindanao, we implement protective measures and education programmes and strengthen the rights of children and women.
Disaster Risk Reduction: floating shelters and vegetable gardens
With an innovative approach, we help families to be better prepared for the floods: Floating emergency shelters and vegetable gardens protect and care for people during the regular floods.
Protection of young women against sexual exploitation and human trafficking
According to the Government of the United States of America the Philippines are a country with especially gross failures in the field of human trafficking, because out of hundreds of thousands proved cases of human trafficking only a very few were sanctioned in prosecutions.
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