NGOs call out content creators exploiting prostituted women

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NON-GOVERNMENTAL social organizations, during the Kapehan sa Davao on Monday morning, October 2, 2023, call out vloggers who discriminate against and post pictures or videos online of prostituted women.

Talikala Incorporated Executive Director Jeanette Ampog said that based on their monitoring, social media content creators post pictures and videos online of prostituted women to garner likes.

“Ginapiyestahan siya, imbes na mag-edukar mas nisamot ang pag biay-biay sa mga kababaihan nga naa sa prostitusyon ug kini makita natu ni sa lain-lain na mga platform (They are feasted upon online instead of educating the people of the nature of their experiences the prostituted women are now bullied online and this can be seen on several online platforms),” Ampog said.

Similarly, Lawig Bubai Secretary General Lory Pabunag shared the same sentiments with Ampog, saying content creators have used prostituted women as content for their vlogs and even conducted pranks on them.

Pabunag added that these content creators do not know the real situation of these women and still choose to discriminate against them by calling them “pokpok” or “sex workers”.

“Imbes na sutahon kung unsa ang tinuod na kahimtang sa mga babae ug bata mas nisamot na hinuon ang diskriminasyon ug pagpahimulos (Instead of assessing the real situation of women and children, the discrimination and exploitation to them has worsened),” Pabunag said.

Talikala and Lawig Bubai have conducted several measures to call out vloggers who use prostituted women as content. They included them in the advocacy group of the organizations so that they could understand why these women are doing this particular action. 

However, these were only participated by young vloggers but for those professional ones, the organization hasn’t reached out to them yet.

In an ambush interview with  Ampog, she said that if the vloggers want to collaborate with them to create meaningful and respectful content not just for prostituted women but women in general they are open for partnerships. They will give orientations on the rights of women and the perception of women on social media.

“Unta maging ka partner ta sa pag-educate sa mga Dabawenyos na pinaagi sa inyung content na ipagawas (I hope we can be partners [vloggers] in educating the Dabawenyos through the content that you post online),” Ampog said. RGP    


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