National Geographic : 1998 Oct
ight from the Philippines After their daily lessons how to sing and dance, how to smile sweetly-women enrolled at a training facility in the Philippines (left) wait for a bus to their dormitory and for a chance to work overseas as "entertainers." Prior to departure, though, trainees must show they've got the right stuff (below). Training programs like this one, called Precise, provide the women with job contacts at clubs, most of them in Japan, and with help obtain ing visas. Precise also prom ises to monitor their welfare and whereabouts (below left). Human rights advocates say such programs do little to prevent the abuses of the sex trade, but Philippine officials insist the programs are helpful: Young women will migrate anyway, they say, joining 4.2 million Filipinos already working overseas; these programs can provide protection.