by Sarah Galvez and Danica Lacson

by Sarah Galvez and Danica Lacson

With her red lipstick, a bit of eyeliner, and her long wavy dyed hair, Juana could pass more youthful than her original chronilogical age of 55. Juana is stunning even though she wears merely an ordinary white shirt and olive jeans.

Daily, she waits within the sari-sari booth associated with the Amore KTV Bar at Kamias path, watching hundreds of cars go by, watching men that are different the said Bar. Foreigners or locals, she views them. Often, she’s to be a waitress or an escort whenever they are a lot of.

For nearly couple of years now, she’s got been living in the club, a three-story building with fundamental rooms. It became her sanctuary as well as if working in that condition with all the chance for getting harassed and mistreated, she thought we would remain since it’s the only path she views getting away from poverty.

Juana’s life mirrors the reality that is cruel of society where opportunities are restricted and forces Filipinos, kept with “ no choice”, to enter illegal and dangerous jobs and fall target to dangerous schemes such as mail order brides/grooms.

“These women, with all the inspiration to help their families and produce an improved life as Republic Act 10906 or the “ Anti-Mail Order Spouse Law” in 2015, which widened the scope of RA 6955 or the “Mail Order Bride Act of 1990” for them, often become the target of exploitation by foreign men who purchase them.

Since 1989 to 2015, there had been a complete of 499,436 Filipino spouses who have been sponsored for visas and traveled by international nationals, in accordance with Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO). […]