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| The harshest prisons in the world | South Cotabato Prison, Philippines Documentary

| The harshest prisons in the world | South Cotabato Prison, Philippines Documentary

Let’s go to South Asia, to the Philippines , which shares it’s maritime borders with China ,Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, and Palau. With a population about 100 million , the Philippines ranks 12th in the world by population.

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It is estimated that there are 11 million Filipino expatriates worldwide. Multiple ethnicities and cultures exist throughout the islands. It has a tropical climate and is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world.

The Philippines consists of more than 7100 independent islands, and is considered the second largest archipelago on the globe. The combined area of ​​these islands is about 300,000 square kilometers, 0.61% of which are water bodies.
The Philippines has suffered from a large number of deadly typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters.

This is due to its location along the Ring of Fire, or hurricane belt – a large region of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur on Earth.
Annually, approximately 80 typhoons develop over tropical waters, 19 of which enter the Philippines and six to nine make landfall, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

| The harshest prisons in the world | South Cotabato Prison, Philippines Documentary

The Philippines is actually the country most exposed to tropical storms in the world. Violent tropical storms, such as the most recent Typhoon Haiyan, can generate 10 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Human trafficking in the Philippines is a serious issue, as the country has the fourth largest number of child prostitutes in the world, and it is estimated that there are 375,000 women and girls in the sex trade, most of them aged between 15 and 20, and some as young as 11.


South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center is a prison located in South Cotabato Province, Soccexsargen District, Mindanao, Philippines, South Cotabato Prison is one of the most overcrowded prisons in the world. Killers, rapists and drug dealers – the guilty and the innocent – are all behind bars together.

Cotabato prison designed to hold 600 inmates, but in fact there are more than 2,000 inmates are locked up in cells the size of shoeboxes. Thanks to President Duterte’s war on drugs, the Philippine justice system is completely overwhelmed. Instead of just putting the convicts behind bars, thousands of defendants are forced to await sentencing together in inhumane conditions: cramped space, tropical heat, insufficient water and, worst of all, a prison ruled by prisoners.

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The guards cannot control all the prisoners. As a result, prison is dominated by hierarchies and power relations. . They use surprise inspections to try to increase their power, but they cannot change the situation. And they can do nothing about the daily struggle for survival, space and air.

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