Then there’s what are euphemistically dubbed “freelancers”, prostitutes that independently cruise bars looking for paying customers.
According to the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women ( some fifteen thousand Australian men a year visit Angeles, north of Manila, on sex tours; plenty of Americans, Brits and Europeans join them, while Koreans, Taiwanese and Chinese have developed their own networks, usually based on karaoke bars and restaurants.
Child sex trafficking often occurs in the clandestine enclosures of private residences, where knowing taxi drivers facilitate arrangements for child sex tourists.
The country’s international image as a sex destination was largely a result of the US military presence here during and after World War II when “go go” or “girlie” bars flourished around the bases at Clark and Subic Bay.While it’s illegal to sell or procure sex, the trade still operates under the guise of entertainment: sex workers are employed as singers, dancers, waitresses or “guest relations officers” in clubs and bars where they are expected to leave with any client who pays a fee.A simultaneous search of his home in Florida uncovered dozens of self-produced images and videos of child pornography from his previous trips abroad.Megan Buck, a Sarasota Police Department detective and member of the Fort Myers Child Exploitation Task Force, investigated the case and arrested Lynch at the airport. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations—as well as international authorities.Equally disturbing is an increasing danger for very young Filipino children who are victims of Internet porn.
In clandestine locations they are forced to perform sex acts for paying viewers on the Internet.“The Internet has made it relatively easy for people like Lynch to exploit children overseas,” she said. Florida police departments who are members of the task force, including the Cape Coral Police Department, the Bradenton Police Department, and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, also assisted the investigation.A member of the multi-agency task force since 2013, Buck also worked the investigation with other federal law enforcement agencies—including U. Lynch was convicted by a federal jury in October 2017 on eight counts related to child sex tourism, and a judge sentenced him in January 2018 to 330 years in prison.The devastation and chaos caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 created an environment of human misery that was ripe for human traffickers and others seeking to profit from the ensuing humanitarian crisis.The strongest storm in recent history displaced some four million people in areas already known to be areas where traffickers operate.We have already begun to bring children out of their desperate situations and into our safe homes where they now have a fresh opportunity to re-write their destinies.