Jarrett Davis, MA, is an independent, social researcher and consultant specializing in gender, exploitation, and violence. Over the past eight years, his work has focused on the vulnerabilities of people groups that are often overlooked in research, policy, and social development initiatives. He has led studies with a variety of international organisations focusing on sexual violence against males and LGBTQ persons throughout the Philippines, Cambodia, and Thailand. He is currently based in New York, USA, where he is working as an Asia Research Consultant, up! International.
Glenn Miles, Ph.D., is a child health nurse with around 25 years of experience focused on child abuse and exploitation in SE Asia. He has pioneered several NGOs and projects in Cambodia and has facilitated a series of research projects listening to survivors of sexual exploitation both prostituted men, women, boys, girls and transgender and also men sex buyers. He does research, advocacy, training, and evaluation of programs. He is a Senior Researcher, with up! International.
This exploratory study is one of a series of research projects interviewing survivors of sexual exploitation in Southeast Asia. It assesses the risk factors and vulnerabilities of street children in Manila. This research study assesses the risk factors and vulnerabilities of street children in this context. A questionnaire-based survey was administered to participants to gain a holistic view of the lives of 51 street-involved (street-living or street-working) boys from the Manila area. The survey consisted of a series of questions about demographics, family background, prejudice and discrimination, sexual risk factors, substance abuse, sexual violence and abuse, income generation, spirituality, and future plans. The key findings of this survey indicate that most of the participants were experiencing physical, sexual and substance abuse. Furthermore, participants revealed the stigma and discrimination they experience from working on the streets and demonstrate the internal struggle between providing for their families and societal traditions. By truly understanding these effects and the factors leading up to sexual exploitation and their hopes for the future, then their needs can best be met. Direct service providers can use the findings of the study to provide services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the target vulnerable population and prevent further exploitation.
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Davis, Jarrett D. and Miles, Glenn M. (2019) ""They Shamed Me": An Exploratory Study on the Vulnerabilities of Street-Involved Boys to Sexual Exploitation in Manila, Philippines," Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence: Vol. 4: Iss. 3, Article 2. https://doi.org/10.23860/dignity.2019.04.03.02