The Iloilo City Government’s Task Force on Moral and Values Formation cited several factors that led to the decrease in the number of registered sex workers in the metropolis.
From 313 commercial and freelance sex workers registered in 2016, the figure went down to 222 as of June this year.
Jorge Duron, head of the task force, attributed the reduction to the proliferation of cybersex.
He said some of the sex workers opted to engage in online prostitution because it’s safer and more profitable.
According to Duron, the existing city ordinance does not cover cybersex.
The task force head said there were also sex workers who went back to schools to continue and finish their studies while others availed of their livelihood program.
Some of them left the business because they are already old, said Duron.
“Syempre nagatigulang na sila, indi na sila mabakal so they also look for other sources of revenues,” he added.
At present, there are 18 nightclubs in Iloilo City employing 116 dancers, 55 Guest Relation Officers (GROs) and 51 masseuses.
The city has an ordinance prohibiting sex workers in public places and streets. Those caught violating the measure will face penalties.
Duron said all sex workers in the city are required to register. Those who underwent a pap smear test and cleared of any sexually transmitted disease were given “pink cards.”IMT