Jojo smokes while waiting to be on her way to work.

Shelter from the Storm

‘Shelter from the Storm’ examines how the displacement of Filipina women after frequent typhoons have made them more vulnerable to sexual violence and trafficking. The Philippines has constantly ranked among the most at risk countries to natural disasters—five of the ten deadliest typhoons to hit the Philippines have come in the last decade. The project follows women from Eastern Visayas, ground zero for Typhoon Haiyan, and the poorest region in the Philippines.

The story follows sisters Jojo and Gemma, who had to return to the sex trade following typhoon Haiyan. It chronicles the stories of girls, who were pimped out of an evacuation center at 12, or got sold to a cyber sex den at 16.

‘Shelter’ takes an intimate look at the lives of these women, and examines the shelters they took from the storms that came.