Friday, November 20, 2009

Climate Change Causes Prostitution And Aids?

I usually do not post entire articles but read it and see if you reach the same conclusions as I do.

‘Climate change pushes poor women to prostitution, dangerous work’

The effects of climate change have driven women in communities in coastal areas in poor countries like the Philippines into dangerous work, and sometimes even the flesh trade, a United Nations official said.

Suneeta Mukherjee, country representative of the United Nations Food Population Fund (UNFPA), said women in the Philippines are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change in the country.

“Climate change could reduce income from farming and fishing, possibly driving some women into sex work and thereby increase HIV infection," Mukherjee said during the Wednesday launch of the UNFPA annual State of World Population Report in Pasay City.

In the Philippines, small brothels usually pop up near the coastal areas where many women perform sexual services for transient seafarers. Often, these prostitutes are ferried to bigger ships by their pimps.

Based on the UNFPA report, there are 92 million Filipinos in the country as of 2009 and that number is expected to balloon to more than 146 million in the next 40 years.

Of the 92 million Filipinos, about 60 percent are living in coastal areas and depend on the seas for livelihood, said former Environment secretary Dr. Angel Alcala.

Alcala said that “we have already exceeded the carrying capacity of our marine environment."

But as the sea’s resources are depleted due to overpopulation and overfishing, fishermen start losing their livelihood and women are forced to share the traditional role of the man in providing for the family.

Alacala, who also heads the Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management in Siliman University, said some women often pick out shellfish by the coastlines, which exposed to storm surges.

Women who can no longer endure this work often go out to find other jobs, while some are tempted to go into prostitution, Alcala added.

In an interview with the Inter Press News Agency, Marita Rodriguez of the Centre for Empowerment and Resource Development, Inc. said women are taking the brunt of climate change.

"Aside from their household chores and participation in fishing activity, they have to find additional sources of income like working as domestic helpers in affluent families," she said.

The UNFPA noted that the temperature in the earth’s surface has risen 0.74 degrees Celsius in the past 100 years. The 10 warmest years globally since 1880 have also been recorded in the last 13 years.

“Slower population growth, for example, would help build social resilience to climate change’s impacts and would contribute to a reduction of greenhouse gas-emissions in the future," the UNFPA report said.

The UNFPA suggested five measures to mitigate climate change and overpopulation:
Bring a better understanding of population dynamics, gender and reproductive health to climate change and environmental discussions at all levels;

Fully fund family planning services and contraceptive supplies within the framework of reproductive health and rights, and assure that low income is no barrier to access;

Prioritize research and date collection to improve the understanding of gender and population dynamics in climate change mitigation and adaptation;

Improve sex-disaggregation of date related to migration flows that are influenced by environmental factors and prepare now for increases in population movements resulting from climate change; and

Integrate gender considerations into global efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.


First, there is nothing to back up their assertion that women will turn to prostitution because of climate change.

More importantly, there is nothing in the article to back up the notion that climate change is even causing any effect in the Philippines.

Finally where did "family planning" (read abortion) come into this?

This report is nothing but a far left propaganda piece. The argument, to be kind, is torturous. The list of actions at the end is nothing more than far leftist rantings by the United Nations.


Gramma 2 Many said...

I cannot believe the constant barrage of stupidity they try to foist upon us. It is never ending.

Randy said...

Hmm.. Seems like Global Warming should cut down on prostitution.

As the seas get warmer, fishermen have to stay out at sea longer and the number of fishermen go down as the business becomes less profitable. The fishermen then need less "services" and prostitution is reduced.

So global warming would be a good thing. :)

Brooke said...


Chuck said...

Gramma, agreed. Fortunately more and more peope are catching on

Randy, good reasoning

Brooke, (as she goes screaming off into the night) :)

Anonymous said...

Well, I’m not sure where the UN dude gets his information or understanding; it certainly isn’t based on an understanding of life in the Philippines. Women have ‘serviced’ sailors there since Moby Dick was a minnow. Has anyone not seen the film Flight of the Intruder? Prostitution has always been the number one economic activity in the Philippines. It was how Philippine women took care of their families, and hopefully met a sailor who would be willing to marry them and take them to the United States.

I suspect that the UN dude is no more, no less than an idiot. The fact is that the highest human populations are found along coastal regions, so we might therefore conclude that one would be more likely to find prostitutes near Manila Bay than in the Sahara Desert, but of course that doesn’t rule out prostitution in the desert. And speaking of prostitution, how does the UN dude explain … gasp … the United Nations, the American Congress, or any state legislative body? Aren’t they prostitutes too? Should we conclude that corrupt politics is also somehow related to global warming?

Thing is … I have a great deal of respect for Filipina prostitutes; almost none for elected politicians.

Mustang out

MK said...

To add to your commentary, this buffoon Mukherjee, does not state anywhere that us humans doing something about our lives will result in a reversal of this hooking for carbon nonsense. If you look anywhere at the hysteria surrounding climate change, the alarmists are always saying that we must do something, but they never tell us that if we do xyz, then abc will definitely happen.

It's quite obvious that the left have gone nuts, now that they have no evidence to back up their mindless chanting of man-made warming, they're resorting to just making stuff up, and stuff that's just so far out there.

By the way, what does this even mean?

"Improve sex-disaggregation of date related to migration flows that are influenced by environmental factors ..."

Always On Watch said...


This crackpot idea of relating climate change to immorality is totally illogical.

The insanity of the 21st Century is mind boggling. Do people really believe such crap?

LomaAlta said...

Chuck, this article and the comments made me think of a blog I need to write.

It will be based on this observation (after research to see if the perceived trend is in fact real):
Non-profits from the Ford Foundation to the UN and hundreds along the way started out with beneficial goals, and a mix of people from both sides of the political philosophy.

Before long, the non-profits are taken over by extreme leftists and then start producing garbage as contained in the report you claim.

Question, why do non-profits present such a draw to the immoral and indecent radical leftists?

Is it because they don't have to work that hard? Are the pay and benefits better than working to make a living?

I do know that the non-profits that have been captured by radical leftists work is mansions and have salaries and perks that are amazing.

The non-profits I admire are those like the Salvation Army who move down to the gutter and live and work with drunks, homeless, etc. Same for AA, same for unpaid clergy and unpaid members of some churches working to do good. Volunteer charity work seems to do good; paid charity work often turns into unclean nests for the indecent and immoral leftists radicals.

Chuck said...

Mustang, let's also not forget that the UN staff has a history of sexually abusing children. Not much credibility there

MK, good pick-up. I have a theory that people that don't know what the hell they are doing string a bunch of official sounding words together in the hopes that if they talk long enough something they say will make sense. Look at any lib commenting on a blog.

AOW, sadly I think some do

Chuck said...

Damned advertisers

LomaAlta, good observations. I'll watch for your post. I think there is a bit of a community organizer mentality there. You may have nailed it when you said they do not have to work hard.

The Malcontent said...

Global What?

I'm freezing my azz off today.

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Hey, if Al Gore's followers claim it to be true, then certainly it must be. Where's your blind allegiance, Chuck?

DaBlade said...

Global warming fearmongers do in fact cause an increase in faux prostitution for the purpose of busting left wing Democrat front groups like ACORN.

Chuck said...

Sorry all. I have been slow to post because I have been out of town

Malcontent, agreed. Sometimes global warming would not be all bad

PCC, in a 12-step program to free myself from Gorism

DaBlade, you bring up an interestig point. Will ACORN be able to help these poor pimps in the Philippines?