Do you remember the Tom Cruise movie where he started an escort service for his high school Young Entrepreneur Class Project? That was a fun movie to watch, but what looks like fun in the movies can get you in big trouble in real life. I do honestly feel as safe in the Philippines as in the USA. There are some occupations/businesses I believe will put you at considerably greater risk in the Philippines than in the USA. I am planning on discussing several businesses/occupations that in my opinion one should avoid engaging in when traveling to or living in the Philippines in my opinion.
I would like for you dear reader to take the pretest below and post it in the comments after reading this article look back at your answers to see if you would change any of them. There is no pressure these are all opinion questions there are no wrong answers and this will not affect your final grade. If you like you can answer IDK = I don’t know or IDC = I don’t care.
Teacher says, “Little Johnny what is the difference between ignorance and apathy?”
Little Johnny says, “I don’t know! And I don’t care.”
Teacher says, “Correct.”
- Should prostitution be legal in the Philippines?
- Is prostitution a victimless crime?
- Is an 18 year old Filipina from a desperately poor family a consenting adult?
- Does the money brought into the Philippines by the girly bars benefit or hurt the country?
- Do you think that being an operator of a girly bar in the Philippines is a risky business?
- About how many miles from your home is the nearest girly bar?
Girly Bar Owner/manager: I think anyone who travels to the Philippines and unfortunately a lot of people who would never dream of visiting know about the red light districts in the Philippines. I have never been to one of these bars most of which I understand are located near the former US military bases. I have seen some near the Mall of Asia and a Filipina family member says when she was younger her roommate worked at one and tried to recruit her to work at one in Cebu, but that was many years ago.
I think most of us have a general idea of what goes on inside. Young women and some maybe even underage girls dance for tips wearing very little clothes. The girls also sell drinks and offer to go out with customers if they pay a bar fine. The assumption is that sex will be exchanged for money, but technically prostitution is illegal in the Philippines.
To maintain such a business the operator most procure young women to work in the bars. I understand that the women who work these establishments agree to entertain men by dancing, selling drinks and most are willing to rent their bodies for the pleasure of men, but I have to wonder how their families and Filipino boyfriends feel about the situation.
I am now going to get on a stump and give my thoughts. I would go up on a soap box, but I am sadly “gravitational challenged” and not sure it would support someone of my magnitude. A bar girl is a flesh and blood human being. She has a heart, soul, mind and body when she decides she is going to rent her body she does not forfeit the heart, soul and mind part. Bar girls also have people who love them and want them to be safe and protect them just like anyone else. If just one of these people decides to protect them by eliminating the girly bar operator the last thing bar operator might see is a Filipino with a bolo. Had I been born a Filipino with say an 18 year old kid sister and someone lured her into this line of work, I wonder if I would pick up the family bolo, gone to town and taken care of business in a misguided attempt to protect my sister and the family honor. IDK. Many people have been killed with less provocation. Something to think about before you travels to another country with a different culture and exploit their young women.
I have heard people say that experience is a good teacher. I was teaching at a private school in Virginia a number of years ago. During a break I was showing a student how hot the classroom radiator was by dropping a drop of water on the hot radiator. The water vaporized instantly with a hiss. I said, “It’s hot.” The young man touched the radiator with his finger before I had any chance to stop him. He screamed and yelled, “It’s hot!” We both learned the same thing, but I would rather learn from observing the water than encounter the hot radiator with hands on experience. A wise man learns from the experience of others.
Well this has been my take on a risky business in the Philippines. I admit I have never engaged in this business venture, so I really do not have fist hand knowledge of it. Bob has some safer ideas of ways to make money in the RP that he sells for a reasonable fee that you may want to check out. If you have any insights into this business or other risky businesses that you would like to share in the comments section, I and my fellow LiP readers would love to read them.