JOIN US IN ENDING SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE IN THE PHILIPPINES
Abuse can be a vicious cycle, leaving many people, including children, trapped, alone, and forced to fend for themselves. Acute poverty and regional instability are the two greatest risk factors for abuse. And, in a developing country such as the Philippines, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect is higher because families are typically more exposed to poverty and other associated issues.
With the rising cost of food, high inflation rates, and widespread poverty, countless Filipino children have been left helpless, hungry, and trapped. Their homes may not be safe, yet many stay because they have nowhere else to go. Some turn to living on the streets and others are sold into slavery by their own families or are kidnapped and forced into illicit drug rings and sex work. Tragically, some may even seek out this work as a necessary evil to feed and clothe themselves.
The Philippines faces major hurdles in overcoming widespread child abuse, including rampant poverty and its status as a source country for human traffickers worldwide. But here at MercyWorks, we are fighting every day to protect and save the lives of children and their families facing these horrendous circumstances.