Study: Students frequent lodging houses for sex

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Thursday, March 26, 2015


A SURVEY conducted by Mass Communication students of the West Visayas State University among 100 taxi drivers in Iloilo City showed a high incidence of premarital sex among college and high school students, and even among elementary pupils.

A report on "Survival Sex in Iloilo City" by Professor Ma. Rosario Victoria de Guzman during a City Council committee hearing also showed the rampant survival sex for pay, especially during midterm and finals seasons.

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The hearing was conducted by the City Council committee on women and family relations chaired by Councilor Dylee Zulueta Salazar, Task Force on Moral Recovery chaired by George Duron, City Health Office, and City Social Welfare and Development.

The committee is drafting an ordinance regulating the operation of lodging houses, motels, inns and other similar establishments in Iloilo City and providing mechanism therefore and other purposes.

Zulueta Salazar said the committee is gathering inputs to be incorporated in the proposed regulation ordinance.

Based on the survey, De Guzman said that 65 percent of those who frequent lodging houses are students of the same age level, 14 percent are of same age as their father, and 10 percent are of grandfather age.

Majority are students who frequent the places with age bracket of 12 to 24 years old, she said.

The survey report also showed that in one week, 63 taxi drivers brought the students to Katrina Lodge, 45 drivers to Anita, 44 to The Q, 43 to Sofia Lodge, 39 to Green Dragon Lodge, 31 to Queens Court, and eight to Moonlight Lodge.

Mostly wearing civilian clothes, the students or those going to the lodging houses have pick-up points in the vicinity of the University of Iloilo, Iloilo Doctors College, plazas, Arroyo St., Mabini St., Small Ville complex and the White House in Baluarte, Molo district.

The same survey showed that more than 50 taxi drivers brought an average of 31 customers every day to the lodging houses, 16 drivers brought 10-15 customers during weekends, and 18 drivers brought in more than 15 customers during special holidays.

De Guzman recommended that a regulation ordinance be enacted to regulate the operation of lodging houses and the like by not allowing the entry of 18 years old and below; an ordinance banning the proliferation of pornographic materials in the city like malls, R18 films, books and others; and an ordinance banning public display of affection (PDA) in public places such as plazas, parks and malls and transportation vehicles like public jeepneys.

Other recommendations include the strengthening of family ties, campaign among the youth for “I Am Strong, I Am Responsible” program of the University of Asia and the Pacific, campaign among the youth on "True Love Waits," engage in job and livelihood opportunities, and information campaign on survival sex.

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