Puerto Princesa, the Philippines — Angela was just 14 the first time she got pregnant. Her first pregnancy ended in miscarriage, but Angela is now a mother of four. Her youngest child is just a week old. While teen pregnancy rates in most countries are declining, the numbers are rising in the Philippines. According to reports, about Filipino teenagers become mothers every day. The age of consent in this deeply conservative Catholic country is just 12, one of the lowest in the world, but access to contraception is limited, and abortion is illegal.
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A mother who sent photographs and video of her two naked daughters to their dance teacher has told an inquiry that she feared he would destroy their dancing prospects. From February , the woman's two daughters, who were as young as nine at the time, did up to 40 hours of dance classes a week, and Davies and the mother began sending online messages to each other. After her own aspirations to be a dancer never materialised, she said she felt excited for her daughters' futures. The woman wept as she told the hearing she sent the first inappropriate video of her daughter, who was 10 at the time, to Davies in Her eldest daughter was "only in a G-string, mucking around with a feather boa".
Young, poor and pregnant: Teen mums in the Philippines
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Sex tourism has long been a scourge in the Philippines. But now there's a disturbing new trend in the trafficking of mostly young women and children: vulnerable victims are being lured online and tricked into the trade. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports. Next: a disturbing new trend in the trafficking of mostly young women and children into the sex trade.