National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Nuns reach out to sex workers in fight against prostitution in the Philippines

  • Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries Junior Sr. Joy Culaiban checks her cellphone. The phone is an invaluable tool to connect the sisters with sex workers who want help leaving prostitution. (N.J. Viehland)

In a red-light district in Cebu, central Philippines, the taxi stopped when its passenger called out, "There, that girl," pointing to one of the women standing in the line along the road in Camagayan community. His choice of sex partner, however, is a nun.

"No, she's not one of us," the pimp answered the man in the taxi. The chosen woman is a member of Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries, who was with a few other nuns and volunteers talking to female sex workers in the street while the workers waited for customers.

These "rescue operations," teams of two to six nuns and volunteer laypeople, are part of the apostolate to reach out to prostituted women and girls in Philippine cities and towns and to establish contact with them by distributing rosaries, scapulars and missionaries' phone numbers so those who want help can contact them.

Read the full story at Global Sisters Report.

Enjoy this article?
Help support more like it by donating today!

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.


Friends of NCR 300x80 web ad.jpg

NCR Email Alerts


In This Issue

September 25-October 8, 2015


Some articles are only available in the print newspaper and Kindle edition.