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DW speaks to Steven Rood about the political impact of the recent firefight.() China's defense budget will rise by 10 percent this year as Beijing vows to improve conditions for the world's largest military.While around 800,000 people in the Southeast Asian nation are involved in prostitution, about 100,000 children are being forced into the sex trade every year, according to UNICEF estimates.They are often children from poor families living in the country's poverty-stricken slums and rural areas, from where they are trapped and exploited by pimps. Two years ago, she was rescued from the bar in a raid conducted by child protection agency PREDA, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies.The American bar owner and his Philippine business partner, a "Mama-San" or pimp, were arrested and are now awaiting trial in the capital Manila.But this case is an exception in the Philippines, where "bar owners normally bribe local police and no action would be taken," said Father Shay Cullen, who founded PREDA more than 40 years ago.Dozens of police officers were killed in an anti-terror raid that has dented the popularity of Philippine President Benigno Aquino, rendering major reforms unlikely during the rest of his term, says analyst Alecia Quah.
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DW talks to SIPRI's Sam Perlo-Freeman about how the move may exacerbate regional tensions.
() For his tireless work against child trafficking and prostitution, the Irish priest was several times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
"Sin cities" The decades-long presence of US armed forces in the Philippines was also one of the factors responsible for the current situation.
Millions of US soldiers had been based in military facilities such as the Clark Air Base and Naval Base Subic Bay until they closed down in 1991.While it is easy to say that prostitution is a direct result of the US military bases being in the Philippines, the bases at Subic and Angeles have been gone for decades.