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Mary Rose Somarriba
Mary Rose Somarriba
Culture Editor, Verily Magazine
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      Mary Rose Somarriba

      Mary Rose Somarriba, a Phillips Foundation journalism fellow, is culture editor of Verily Magazine.

Alma’s story, and why it matters

Alma walks the streets of Olongapo City in the Philippines, near a U.S. military base. She goes into bars and looks for young Filipinas who are hired to work as waitresses but are often forced into prostitution by their employers to serve the visiting American customers. Alma can spot prostituted girls all too easily, because she’s been one.