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MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying a southern Philippine city have been forced to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters, the army said on Tuesday.
Citing accounts of seven residents of Marawi City who either escaped or were rescued, the military said some hostages were forced to convert to Islam, carry wounded fighters to mosques, and marry militants of the Maute group loyal to Islamic State."This is what is happening inside, this is very evident," military spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera told a news conference.
President Rodrigo Duterte, reappearing in public after a week-long absence, said he was deeply saddened by the crisis and promised Marawi would be rebuilt.
He said he had cousins who were members of the Maute group, one of which had been killed, and his decision to declare martial law on Mindanao was justified, because he was aware of exactly what the extremists would do."I know the deployment of snipers and where they hid their firearms.
We provide emergency assistance to victims of trafficking, such as temporary shelter when needed, legal support, psycho-social care, reintegration back to family and community.
Children also receive vocational and formal education assistance.
This programme covered in the islands of Cebu, Boracay and Bohol in Western and Central Visayas.
Forced labour and sex trafficking of children within the Philippines is a significant problem.
The population in the country is approximately 102 million people, with 52% under the age of 24.
We also conducted (online) campaigns for the adoption of child protection policies in travel and tourism.