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They cannot go to the police for protection because the police have a record of both harassing and even raping child prostitutes.
Meanwhile, the circle of degradation widens as more and more children are lured into prostitution by children who have been selling their own bodies but have learned that they can make more money as pimps. They don't want to be abused, but they are trapped'.
The carefully researched and sensitive script, written by Guy Hibbert, portrays the complexity of the situation facing the would-be parents.
Kerry Fox's character is eventually sickened by the baby trade, tormented by not knowing enough about the baby's mother, and turns on Jack as the embodiment of all the evil which gives rise to abandoned babies. You have come here like tourist men come here for sex because you can't get what you want at home.
Surely it's an indication of serious problems in the countries where the customers come from, which are more affluent and should have more respect for human dignity' Child prostitution and baby smuggling are the themes of a BBC drama filmed in the Philippines.
Stephen Vines finds art and life mingling uneasily on the streets of the capital The children at the Bahay Tuluyan street child- ren centre in Malate, Manila's former red light district, studiously ignore a middle-aged, Western male visitor.
Most of these children have been working as prostitutes and have encountered Western males in rather different circumstances.
Some five minutes' drive from the centre, cameras are rolling as the actress Kerry Fox makes her way into a seedy hotel in the company of the actor John Hurt.
"The procedure for legal abortion in the Philippines is very tedious, so they figure they might as well get something out of their babies." This is where middlemen, like the character portrayed by John Hurt in Saigon Baby, step in.
It is a story about a childless, middle-aged British couple, unable to adopt a child through conventional channels, who have finally turned to Jack in a desperate attempt to find a child.
Hurt is "completely fascinated" with his character: "I see him with a different morality," he says, brushing aside suggestions that the baby smuggler and procurer of prostitutes is amoral.
Abortion is illegal in the largely Roman Catholic Philippines, so those with enough money face the perils of back-street abortionists.
Others who have no means of supporting their babies turn to baby smugglers, who always seem to know overseas couples unable to adopt children in their own countries.