Terres des Homes points way out of prostitution
By The Holland Times Tue. 17 July 2012
Terre des Hommes has launched a special project in the Netherlands and the Philippines to bring child prostitution to a halt. Project Redirect literally points victims of sexual exploitation in the Philippine port of Cebu in the direction of freedom via an auxiliary route of arrows.
Thousands of Filipino child prostitutes in red light districts, karaoke bars, on the street and behind the webcam do not know where they can find help. The hope of Project Redirect is that children will be led through the streets to places where social workers and other helpers can offer assistance and rescue.
The arrows are placed on behalf of Dutch donors; for every donation that is made through the website www.redirectcebu.com Terre des Hommes puts an arrow in the streets of Cebu. Donors can visit an interactive map of the city to identify where their arrow is.
Actor Rick Engelkes signed the first arrow of the route on Monday 16 July at Schiphol. The actor, father of two daughters, hopes that many Dutch people follow his lead to help as many child prostitutes as possible.
"I can not imagine what it's like to be from such sheer poverty you would send your children to use in prostitution,” Engelkes said. “As a parent you want the best for your child. I hope that through this action, many children find their way out of."
The route is due to be put in place on Wednesday 1 August.