Livelihood for prostituted women urged-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
A NON-GOVERNMENT organization (NGO) on Monday urged the government to come up with the right livelihood program that will best fit the skills of the survivors of the prostitution.
"The problem with the livelihood, it is given to them right away without looking at the skills and emotional state of the prostituted women. One thing must be put into consideration is the income they can earn from the livelihood," Jeanette Ampog, executive director of Talikala, said in Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City-Annex.
She added that they should also consider the situation of the families who have children who work as prostituted women, including those who are vulnerable to engage in prostitution.
Ampog said a support service must be put in place that will help them use the capital properly should there be any livelihood program.
"Kay ang capital sa livelihood magasto ra gihapon sa laing kinahanglan niya. Baon sa bata, bayad sa kuryente, ug bayad sa ospital, (The capital for livelihood would be more likely used for their basic needs like their child's lunch money, electric bills and hospital bills)," she said.
Currently, there are around 4,000 women, men, and children in Davao city who are into prostitution. Of the number, 40 percent are minor.
Lawig Bubai secretary-general Lory Pabunag said that many of them are forced to engage in prostitution due to financial constraints.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 01, 2013.