What’s Current: Climate change leads to increase in trafficking of women in the Philippines

Residents try to salvage belongings in Tacloban city after Typhoon Haiyan. (Image: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Climate change — characterized by an increase in extreme weather and natural disasters — increases trafficking, prostitution, and violence against women throughout Asia. The situation in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan offers one example:

“After the skies cleared, a second humanitarian disaster unfolded in the Tacloban Astrodome, a sports arena where thousands took shelter. An underground economy took root as women and girls were sold for food and scarce aid supplies, or trafficked into forced labor and [prostitution] by recruiters offering jobs and scholarships. Kristine says she was sold to men every night; some of the men were foreign-aid workers, she believes. The men raped her, and took graphic pictures and videos. Kristine was 13.”

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Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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