Today, the phenomenon of prostitution in the Philippines has increased in magnitude and complexity in the face of worsening poverty in the Philippines.

Since the country’s colonization by the Spaniards in the 1600s, the Americans and the Japanese in the 1900s, women’s bodies have been sold, commodified, exploited, abused, and prostituted.

Today, it is estimated that some 400,000 to 600,000 women and children are bought and sold in prostitution. Whether for sex and for fun, whether here and abroad, women are up for a fee in bars, clubs, entertainment establishments and the streets.

Women-young and old-are pushed into the sex trade and into sex trafficking primarily because of lack of employment and opportunities and eroding incomes. And in times of greater crisis, the flesh trade looms as a dismal option for many of them.

Made possible by hiring agencies or pimps, the sex business also thrives in special economic zones, emphasizing the stark contrast between men’s flesh-buying power and women’s lack of economic opportunities.

The country’s import-dependent and export-driven economy has trapped the Filipino people in a cycle of economic crisis and poverty.

Poverty, in turn, breeds prostitution.

Talikala was born in response to the challenge of helping prostituted women and empowering them to break free from their “enslavement.”

Talikala is a Cebuano word for chain. It is a symbol of women bonding together to set free the chains of oppression and exploitation that shackle women in prostitution.


Talikala envisions a gender-fair relations between women and men, who enjoy equality and full participation towards the development of Peoples and society.

Mission & Goal

As a nonstock, nonprofit social development organization, Talikala commits itself to:

develop the capabilities of prostituted women;
help prostituted women assert their rights, regain their dignity, and define their role in the society;
create venues for public education in order to change public perception towards prostituted women

Hence, it is Talikala’s goal to improve the quality of life of women who are victims and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution.


To promote gender equity and justice in society;
To enhance prostituted women’s opportunities for self-sufficiency;
To improve the reproductive condition of women in prostitution; and
To create and provide support systems through networking and advocacy for women in prostitution.

Find out more about our work with survivors of prostitution.

Support for those In and Out of the life.