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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  • calabasa

    How can men be so goddamn disgusting?

  • Yisheng Qingwa
  • Sabine

    I don’t blame you for having that belief – I mean, just look around! I believe men are conditioned (basically encouraged) into sociopathy by being born (male) into a patriarchal world. There is a hugely disproportionate number of actual psychopaths in the top 1% – the world is literally run by maniacs who have zero capacity for empathy or concern for anything outside of what benefits them, no matter what the cost to the vast majority. (Capitalism is the inevitable result of a profoundly toxic, masculine consciousness). That majority sadly does not see that we are living in an insane asylum that has been taken over by the inmates…..so we, the ones who DO see are called the crazy ones.

  • -Asphyxia-

    Why isn’t it?! Jesus fucking Christ. Women just don’t do shit like that.