Organized crime in the Philippines can be linked to certain families or

Organized crime in the philippines can be linked to

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Organized crime in the Philippines can be linked to certain families or barkadas (groups) who perpetrate crimes ranging from extortion , sale of illegal narcotics and loan sharking to robbery , kidnapping , and murder- for-hire . Illegal drug trade Illegal drug trade is common all around the Philippines, and is a major concern. Methamphetamine ("shabu") and marijuana ("weeds" or "damo"), are the most common drugs accounting most drug-related arrests. Most of the illegal drug trade involved members of large Chinese triad groups operating in the Philippines, owing to its location on drug smuggling routes. Petty crime Petty crime, which includes pick-pocketing, is a problem in the Philippines. It takes place usually in locations with many people, ranging from shopping hubs to churches. Traveling alone to withdraw cash after dark is a risk, especially for foreigners. Violent crime Violent crime is high in the country; foreigners are usually the victims. As many Filipinos are stricken with poverty, one alternative they take is to kidnap others for money. Murder In 2014, the Philippines has a murder rate of 9.84 per 100,000 people, with a number of 9,784 recorded cases. The country also has the highest rate of murder cases in Southeast Asia in 2013, with a rate of 8.8, followed by Thailand.The murder rate in the Philippines reached its peak in 2002 and 2010, with rates of 8.1 (6,553 cases) and 9.5 (8,894 cases). Human trafficking
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Human trafficking and the prostitution of children is a significant issue in the Philippines, often controlled by organized crime syndicates. Human trafficking in the country is a crime against humanity. In an effort to deal with the problem, the Philippines passed Republic Act (R.A.) 9208, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 , a penal law against human trafficking , sex tourism , sex slavery and prostitution. Nevertheless , enforcement is reported to be inconsistent. Prostitution Prostitution in the Philippines is illegal. It is a serious crime with penalties ranging up to life imprisonment for those involved in trafficking . It is covered by the Anti- Trafficking in Persons Act. prostitution is still sometimes illegally available through brothels (also known as casa), bars, karaoke bars , massage parlors , street walkers and escort services . As of 2009, one source estimates that there are 800,000 women working as prostitutes in the Philippines, with some of them believed to be underage.[14] While victims are largely female, and according to the current Revised Penal Code, there are in fact a small minority of them who are male. Corruption and police misconduct Corruption is a great problem in the Philippines. In May 2013, during the country's elections, some 504 political candidates were accused mostly of corruption and some of violent crimes. Police misconduct is a known issue in the country; in April 2013, a short video, titled Like a BOSS, showcasing the assault on an unarmed individual by three police officers went viral online, prompting the Philippine National Police to investigate the matter.
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