Alternate Herstories: Filipinas' stories of Exploitation, Exportation and Resistance.
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In my portion of our Richter project, Alternative Herstories: Filipinas Stories of Exploitation and Resistance, I plan to focus on legal and economic issues concerning the contemporary trafficking of Filipino women and children. Every day women and children leave the Philippines to work as "entertainers" and migrant workers in foreign countries. While studying in Manila, I will be working with organizations that are searching for legal possibilities to prevent trafficking, while at the same time providing legal means to address the economic, physical and psychological damage caused to victims. Through contacts within the organizations I will have the opportunity to use interviews with former "entertainers" and migrant workers to see how they are organizing and fighting for laws to confront the violations of human rights that often accompany trafficking. As well as analyzing legal issues surrounding the trafficking of Filipinas, I will also examine the role that poverty and economic turmoil in certain parts of the Philippines plays in the commodification and trafficking of women.