New Orleans, La.
(AP) As casinos across the U.S. and Canada struggle to find new revenue, the Philippines has emerged as a prime destination for escorts who can offer luxurious stays, plus perks and discounts for guests.
The Philippines has become the biggest market for escorting, with more than 100,000 escort service providers, according to the International Association of Escorts.
The industry has seen an explosion in the past decade, as demand for escort services has risen in response to a series of crackdowns on human trafficking, particularly during the global financial crisis.
A surge in demand has led to a number of new casinos opening in the country, including casinos in the cities of Pasay City, Cebu, Cagayan, and Taguig.
With the help of the Philippine tourism industry, the U,N.
Convention on Human Rights says it is working to promote the rights of the country’s sex workers.
“We are very encouraged that the Philippines is now one of the leading destinations for escapers,” said Patricia Vidal, an International Association for Escorts executive director.
“But we are also concerned that the government is trying to use the escorts’ labor force as an excuse to shut down all the casinos in this part of the world,” Vidal said.
The crackdowns that followed the 2008 financial crisis left the sex industry reeling.
The Philippine government launched a sweeping crackdown in 2009, closing or limiting nearly half of the nearly 200 licensed massage parlors.
A wave of arrests followed and some escort workers said they were forced to go into prostitution for days or even weeks at a time.
The sex industry has struggled to rebuild its lost clientele, but it’s still growing.
A study by the National Bureau of Statistics found that by 2021, there were 863,000 sex workers in the Philippine market, and they represent about one-third of the total population of Filipinos.
The numbers are projected to grow by 30 percent by 2025, according the report.
The report also found that the sex trade has been growing in the United States, too.
In the last year, the number of sex workers operating in the U of A grew by 9 percent, according U.N. figures.
The U.K. and New Zealand are also among the top destinations for sex workers, with some of the largest markets for sex work, according TOI research.
TRAFFIC LAW REFUSES TO PAY PRICES TO SELLING EMPLOYEES In 2018, the Philippine government approved a new law that would make it harder for escorters to earn income in the industry.
The law, called the Escort Law, is one of a series that have been put forward to help rein in the sex trafficking industry, which has a strong presence in the UK and other parts of Europe.
A number of other countries have also passed similar legislation, including Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
The new law would impose fines on those who work for prostitutes, including those who are not licensed, who are in the same industry, or who operate without a license.
That could mean fines up to $20,000 and jail terms of up to two years for people who are engaged in a business for hire or the escort trade.
Those who engage in prostitution, however, could still earn a living in other sectors, such as bartending or as a housekeeper.
Some sex workers are also being pushed out of the industry due to laws that make it illegal for them to work at all.
For example, in Germany, where prostitution is illegal, a law that was introduced in 2018 prohibits people from working in brothels or massage parls and bans the work of anyone who does not have a license to operate.
The bill has been dubbed “The Brothel Amendment” because of the law’s draconian nature.
Many sex workers were forced out of their work at the age of 18, but the law was repealed in 2021.
It was only partially repealed, however.
In 2018 the government was also forced to remove a law from the country that required sex workers to have a permit to work in their own home.
The laws meant sex workers who did not have the permit had to pay fines of $50 to $100 per hour, or face prison sentences of up a year or more.
“If they want to operate a brothel, they can operate any place they want,” said Maria Teresa, an escort in Pasay, the capital of the southern province of Davao.
“They just have to register with the police.”