“Tropang Basa”

This Monday, Jay Taruc documents a group of women who gather along the garbage strewn shores of Manila Bay every night.

Up close, they appear dressed for a beach party – wearing thick make-up and the skimpiest of clothes – seemingly inappropriate for this setting. 

The women await the arrival of fishermen with their harvests. Part of their routine is to wade through the cold waters and climb into the boat of their choice. Most of them return to shore half an hour later carrying fish in exchange for their sexual favors. When they get lucky, they are paid in cash..

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