By the late 1990s, UNICEF estimated that there are 60,000 child prostitutes in the Philippines, describing Angeles City brothels as "notorious" for offering sex with children.
In 1997, the BBC reported that UNICEF estimated many of the 200 brothels in the notorious Angeles City offer children for sex.
In 2005, the Philippine Information Agency reported documented cases of children as young as 10 years old forced into prostitution in Davao.
Davao provinces, along with the Caraga region, have become the favorites of child traffickers posing as tourists.
Following the raid a police spokesman, describing the suspect as "a known human trafficker and maintainer of suspected prostitutes in the locality", said that the suspected trafficker would face criminal charges for violation of Republic Act 9208." One 16-year-old child tells of her experience in Subic Bay: She was locked in a room for a month, starved and force-fed drugs and alcohol to ensure she was addicted and could be more easily controlled.
She was often beaten unconscious for refusing to have sex with customers.
The area is a favorite for foreign child molesters seeking children.