Caritas Manila wants gov’t to act against ‘sex-for-food’

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Thousands of informal settlers from Metro Manila were moved to new communities, but many are experiencing job and food insecurity. (File photo)

MANILA, August 13, 2014— A Catholic priest pressed the government on Wednesday to take action against ongoing “sex-for-food” arrangements, particularly in resettlement areas in Metro Manila.

Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton Pascual said young women in Calauan, Laguan are being coerced to provide sex in exchange for food or money ranging from P100 to P150.

“Sex for food is immoral. To eat decently is a basic right of everybody so the society must provide for that right,” he said.

He also appealed to the government to ensure that informal settlers’ livelihood, health and education will be looked after before resettling them.

If this is not done, according to him, they will have difficulties living in their new communities.

“Resettled urban poor families need social preparation and economic opportunity before being uprooted [from] Metro Manila,” Pascual said.

“The issue is still economics that’s why they migrate in urban areas and cramps in unjust and inhumane condition,” he added. (CBCPNews)

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