Heinous crimes committed in the Philippines include sex trafficking, forced labor and rape. The Philippines is known as a source for workers in the illegal sex labor trade and forced labor trade. The Philippines is also a destination and transit country for these crimes.
Forced laborers from the Philippines are illegally exported like chattel and used in factories, at construction sites, on fishing ships, as farm hands and as domestic help in Asia and increasingly throughout the Middle East. Filipino residents are also illegally trafficked from rural areas to urban areas and forced to work within the country. They are sent to Manila, Cebu, Angeles and other cities. A small number of women are also trafficked from China, South Korea, Russia and Eastern Europe to the Philippines for the illegal sex trade.
For victims of rape in the Philippines, the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 expanded the definition of rape and reclassified it as a crime against people through use of force, threat or intimidation. Sex can be thus called when the offended party is deprived of reason or otherwise unconscious, is coerced by fraudulent or abuse of authority and when the violated party is under 12 years old or is demented. When dementia exists in the victim, none of the other circumstances need be present for the sexual act to be classified as rape.