Happy Child Playing in Cebu

People have been emailing me and asking how am I doing. I am doing okay but I have been better. I do need to write more and I always plan too but then get distracted by my latest obsession.  That is playing clash of clan. But more about writing about me. I rarely do that. It is rare any article is about me but I always get people leaving comments, usually hateful ones claiming I’m begging or some other nonsense. I really shouldn’t even acknowledge them as they are trolls for the most part. I probably should start beginning and add a GoFund me page. I’ve thought about it for years.

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Homeless Boy

The IRS is being asked to police far more than taxes these days. As a citizen of the USA, even if you move to the Philippines or other foreign country, you still have federal obligations and the IRS is often used to enforce them. Congress seems determined to increase the power and reach of the IRS. There is also a good deal of misinformation out there about what is required.

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Human Trafficking of Filipinos by Filipinos

Beautiful Filipina Visiting Cebu City

I am becoming increasingly aware of a different type of human trafficking in the Philippines. Perhaps what I’m going to discuss doesn’t fall under human trafficking but maybe it should.  I’m doubt it is exclusive to the Philippines but this is where I’m at so this is where I see it. I feel like the term human trafficking is being overused. Any time money changes hand in adult related activities it seems like someone wants to sensationalize that and call it human trafficking. Human trafficking has nothing to do with transporting humans in most cases. It is our modern word for slavery. Slavery is where one person has no choice, they are owned. Recently I have noted several times with poorer but working Filipinas are being treated like slaves. Well, at least in my mind. It appears to be human trafficking of Filipinos by Filipino’s.  My guess is that Filipinos know more about this than I do, I hope you’ll speak up about it in the comments.

I have heard horror stories where Filipinas worked as domestic servants in the homes of other Filipinos. They are often locked in, subject to beatings, very low and sometimes no pay as the employer falls behind in their wages. Now I have met people that this is happening too. This may not run afoul of the human tracking laws. The reason is that they were written for sexual situations. Sometimes men that hire maids try to get more than their houses cleaned and that would be different. Maybe the laws should be changed to specifically include these kind of abuses.  In my mind, it is just as morally wrong as human trafficking that involve adult activities.

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Fugitives Hiding in the Philippines

People in Jail

Are there a lot of fugitives hiding in the Philippines? I ask the question because it is a common perception that there are many hiding here. Are there any fugitives hiding in the Philippines, of course there are. I think this perception is more common with Filipinos than with the foreigners that live in the Philippines. I often hear foreigners make comments saying someone is or probably is “Running from the law”. Most of the time, these foreigners are just doing what is so common, putting others down and complaining. With Filipinos, usually a Filipina in my case ask “What are you doing in the Philippines?” Now that question might be totally innocent but sometimes I wonder if they think I am running from the law.

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Minor Child

Yes, believe it or not it is illegal to be in the company of a minor in the Philippines. There are of course some exceptions to this.

The first time I heard of this law was about three or four years ago. Two men, both on Bantayan Island were busted for breaking this law. One got off on a technicality and the other paid his bail and flew out of the country and of course didn’t come back. No one placed a hold on him with immigration.

I have had people argue with me about this law, telling me that I’m crazy and it doesn’t exist. It matters not that I show them the law. They try to twist and turn it to say it means something other than it does. After all, if you go to a fast food store and there are children in there then you are in the company of a minor. Yes, I agree but this is not the USA and there a huge dose of common sense injected into applying the law in the Philippines that is long ago lacking in most Western countries.

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