UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
College of Science
A TRAGIC STORY: PROSTITUTION
A Major Course Requirement for Philosophy 05
Mr. Abner Manaloto, Ph.D.
Marconi Ed D. Marcos
October 2, 2012
One of the most prominent issues on human sexuality is prostitution. Prostitution is commonly defined as the custom of having sexual relations in exchange for an economic gain. Although money is the traditional way of payment, other things like jewelry, food, clothing, housing—anything that has market value can serve as the payment.
Prostitution is an isuue which has caused controversy cross-culturaly and historically and which has many individuals remaining the logistics of it. Prostitution in the Philippines is illegal. It is a serious crime with penalties raging up to life imprisonment for those involved in trafficking. It is quite evident that there is still prostitution in different regions of our country.
Prostitution does injury to the dignity of the person who engages in it, reducing the person to an instrument of sexual pleasure. The one who pays sins gravely. Prostitution is a social scourge. It usually involves women, but also men, children, and adolescents. The stand of the church against prostitution informs us that it is truly wrong.
I chose the issue of prostitution because it is a worldwide problem we are facing today that interests me. I want to find out, out of curiousity, the reasons why people engage in prostitution. I would like to know more and dig deep by doing this case study.
II. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
1. What made you enter the world of prostituion?
2. Why did you choose to become a prostitute?
3. How does it feel when you have sex with different people? 4. Do you know the consequences of what you’re doing?
5. What do you really want to do in life?
III. BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF YOUR CLIENTELE
The person I interviewed wanted to keep her real name confidential due to personal reasons. I’ll just use the name Maria to substitute her real name. Maria grew up in a low class family. She had parents to support her and a younger sister who was born with mental problems. Her mom is a housewife, while her dad is into tradings. She did well in her studies during her early years, but her world came crashing down when her father died because of a heart attack. Maria loved her father very much, his death affected her a lot emotionally. I can see that she was trying to hold back her tears when she mentioned him. She was about 16 years old by then and her family was in dire need for help. They were financially poor at that time and Maria was forced to stop studying. I remember her saying, “Napatigil ako sa pag-aaral kasi wala na kami pera, hindi ko alam kung ano na mangyayari sa buhay ko simula nu’n.”
After a while, they were already in major debts. They needed the money to sustain their needs and her sister’s medical bills. She was forced to look for a job. She tried to apply to different companies but her credentials was not enough. Maria didn’t get to graduate highschool. She ended up working at a bar as a waitress. Two regular customers offered her a job and said that they’ll pay her more. “Gusto mo ba kumita ng malaking pera? May trabaho kaming pwede sayo.” This is where it all started, they explained to her what she needed to do. At first she immediately refused, but then she thought of it again. “Naisip ko na kalangan na namin ng pera, labag man sa dignidad ko pero kailangan talaga namin.” She became a prostitute because she desperately needed the money. I asked her what does she feel when she does it with other men and she told me, “Wala ako nararamdaman. Pagkatapos ko gawin nalulunkot ako dahil alam ko na mali pero wala na rin naman ako magagawa.” Then she said nothing more.
I asked her if she knew the consequences of what she was doing and she was quite aware of what...
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