Here's a portion of the feedback I sent to TV5 regarding Willing Willy's treatment of six year old Jan-Jan.
I am formally submitting this complaint to your office with regard to the show Willing Willie and it’s host’s (Mr. Willie Revillame) treatment of a six year old contestant in an episode that was aired on March 12, 2011.
In the said portion of the Willing Willie, a six year old boy named Jan-Jan, was made to perform a dance which was sexually suggestive. The dance, often referred to as a “macho dance”, had the six year old boy gyrating body and thrusting his hips. This dance is commonly performed by male strip dancers.
Video of the boy performing this dance can be found on www.youtube.com:
I was deeply offended by what was done to the boy and believe that this teaches people that it is all right to degrade oneself for money.
For your consideration, I wish to cite the following broadcast industry regulations and laws that I believe should guide the broadcast industry with regard to their treatment of children.
The Kapisanan ng mga Brokaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Broadcast Code of 2007 states:
Article 11 Children’s program and welfare
Sec.5. Children’s programs shall not depict inappropriate sexual subjects or violent actions.
Sec.11. The possibility that children might be among the audience should always be considered. Materials that might be physically, mentally, psychologically, or morally harmful to children should not be aired during times when they are likely to be watching or listening.
Sec. 12. No material that might be physically, mentally, psychologically, or morally harmful to children shall be aired immediately before, during or immediately after a children's program. (G)
Article 28. ON-AIR DECORUM
Sec.2. Persons who appear in live programs, variety shows, game shows and other similar programs
shall not be embarrassed, insulted, ridiculed, harassed or humiliated in whatever manner. (G)
Under RA 9208 AN ACT TO INSTITUTE POLICIES TO ELIMINATE TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN, ESTABLISHING THE NECESSARY INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS FOR THE PROTECTION AND SUPPORT OF TRAFFICKED PERSONS, PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR ITS VIOLATIONS, AND FOR OTHER
Sec. 4. Acts of Trafficking in Persons. - It shall be unlawful for any person, natural or juridical, to commit any of the following acts:
(a) To recruit, transport, transfer; harbor, provide, or receive a person by any means, including those done under the pretext of domestic or overseas employment or training or apprenticeship, for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage;
(d) To undertake or organize tours and travel plans consisting of tourism packages or activities for the purpose of utilizing and offering persons for prostitution, pornography or sexual exploitation;
(e) To maintain or hire a person to engage in prostitution or pornography;
(f) To adopt or facilitate the adoption of persons for the purpose of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, involuntary servitude or debt bondage;
(g) To recruit, hire, adopt, transport or abduct a person, by means of threat or use of force, fraud, deceit, violence, coercion, or intimidation for the purpose of removal or sale of organs of said person; and
Sec. 5. Acts that Promote Trafficking in Persons. - The following acts which promote or facilitate trafficking in persons, shall be unlawful:
(c) To advertise, publish, print, broadcast or distribute, or cause the advertisement, publication, printing, broadcasting or distribution by any means, including the use of information technology and the internet, of any brochure, flyer, or any propaganda material that promotes trafficking in persons;
(g) To knowingly benefit from, financial or otherwise, or make use of, the labor or services of a person held to a condition of involuntary servitude, forced labor, or slavery.
Sec. 8. Prosecution of Cases. - Any person who has personal knowledge of the commission of any offense under this Act, the trafficked person, the parents, spouse, siblings, children or legal guardian may file a complaint for trafficking.
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