Cebu is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines. While there are many wholesome activities for tourists to enjoy, one cannot just deny the fact that some tourists are coming to town not just to enjoy beaches, natural wonders, cultural heritage, history, and food. More than these, some tourists go beyond the usual tourist spots to satisfy their carnal desires. In this article we shall explore in what forms does commercial sex tourism take place in Cebu, Philippines. Please note that we do not support the idea of it thriving, but that we cannot also just turn a blind eye to the reality that is happening before us.
Traditionally, street hookers in Cebu are at Junquera Street, Sanciangko Street, and D. Jakosalem Street at Barangay Kamagayan. Pimps at this place, referred to by locals as itik (ducks), chase down cars they deem to be potential customers. An emerging place for street hookers is Juana Osmeña Street near Vacation Hotel where girls solicit for guests with cars slowing down or stopping in the area. Some malls are also rumored to be pick-up places where independent hookers ply their trade, mostly to foreign clients. There are also rumors that prostitution incidents increase whenever major exams are forthcoming in major colleges and that some turn to it so they can pay for their school fees. Some do it to maintain a materialistic lifestyle that is otherwise beyond their means.
Spa and Massage Parlors
Several spa and massage parlors in Metro Cebu are not just what it seems. Some offer services other than a simple massage. To some, the massage is but a front for what really happens. In one establishment, you go up to the front desk and pay up, they show you a selection of lady masseuses to choose from, and whisk you off to some motel. When you get to your motel room with your masseuse of choice, they ask you to undress as they too undress themselves. They then give the customer a mandatory bath before starting on the massage. It's not just an ordinary kind of massage though like what you were told. The massage involves the naked lady masseuse doing a "massage" on you using her naked body against your naked body, using her butt, her breasts, her thighs, and her hands to sensually stimulate you. At the end of the choreography, the lady masseuse then tries to seduce you to basically have sex with her for an extra amount which could be somewhere upwards of PhP 2,000.
Gentlemen's Clubs and KTV Bars
Gentlemen's clubs and KTV bars seem to also not go out of style. While the usual joint mostly have shows featuring scantily-clad women gyrating on stage, some places take it a little further with their entertainers going topless, fully naked, or even some do things close to masturbation on stage. Clubs in Bacolod City do more daring things though. But more than these shows are everything else happening beyond that. For starters, when a guest wishes to sit with an entertainer exclusively, she pays for ridiculously expensive ladies' drinks coming at an interval of about thirty (30) minutes in between. Bar fines are also not a secret anymore, this is when you pay to take out an entertainer out of the bar while it is still in operation that is until the early hours of the morning or dawn. Most clubs close around 3 or 4 a.m., this is when the guest no longer has to deal with the bar should he decide to take out an entertainer but that he had to agree to terms with the entertainer herself. Popular clubs are found along Gen. Maxilom Avenue and Sanciangko Street in Cebu City and along the national highway in Mandaue City.
I have heard rumors of whorehouses operating in Metro Cebu. It is said that the location of these whorehouses or casas is common knowledge among cab drivers but that one needs to know certain passwords or code speak to get them to take curious passengers there.
Commercial sex tourism in Cebu has also caught up with the times and uses cyberspace extensively. In fact one town in this Central Visayas province is notoriously known for illegal cyberprostitution activities utilizing innocent children. Some tech-savvy hookers now also utilize cyberspace to manage their bookings and advertise themselves to potential customers visiting Cebu. They now go by different names like walkers or escorts and offer intriguing services such as GFE or girlfriend experience. Pimps also still abound online.