The residency is a partnership between ourcommunity. Tragically, for many women, sex trafficking is part of a lifelong continuum of violence that begins when they are young girls, some as young as three. According to health economist Dr Alex Herrin, every year the Philippines forfeits around 33 billion pesos Bt20 billion in lost income due to early pregnancy, equivalent to over 1 per cent of the gross domestic product in She said this challenged and even dispelled the common view that sex trafficking is a one-off event, or that young girls are snatched from their villages and safe communities and sold, or forced into sex work. While the law calls for comprehensive sexuality education in public schools, questions remain about the quality of such education, which are at the mercy of reservations and misconceptions held by many teachers. Is it the women who are being sex trafficked who will benefit? The impact of laws that deny women autonomy over their bodies is clear; in there were 90, hospitalisations due to complications arising from self-induced abortions in the Philippines. Would young people be able to raise the matter with their parents, enough to convince them to write a note indicating consent? Then there are the barriers raised against access by young people to family planning information, counselling, commodities and services. Of the 10 million Filipino girls aged years old, some 10 per cent about a million are already mothers or pregnant with their first child. Indeed, it is a public problem, with our economic growth hamstrung by lost income opportunities as well as a growing dependence ratio, with the children of these young parents joining the ranks of those who rely on productive adults for their basic needs.