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April 4, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
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Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

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April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Bulgaria, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

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March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Guinea, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-2

"Switzerland is a primary (as opposed to a transit) destination for women being trafficked into the sex trade. Victims originate mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, but also from Thailand, Nigeria, China, Brazil, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic and Morocco" (para 5).
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"A 2015 report by the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Peace estimates that 125,000 Swiss men – about one in 20 – regularly purchase sex. The market is worth 1 billion Swiss francs (£770 million) a year" (14). "'We don’t have sex with the trafficked ones, just the ones that want to be there,' was the reply. 'How do you know whether they are trafficked?' Jay persisted. 'We ask them,' he said. There was another incident when several colleagues visited a brothel en masse. 'They were bragging that five of them had sex with one woman in this place, and that she could not speak any English. When they...more
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Switzerland is a primary (as opposed to a transit) destination for women being trafficked into the sex trade. Victims originate mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, but also from Thailand, Nigeria, China, Brazil, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic and Morocco" (para 5). "Prosecutions are rare but two years ago a woman was convicted of trafficking 80 Thai women into Switzerland who were sent to brothels in Bern, Solothurn, Lucerne, Basel, St. Gallen and Zurich. Like hundreds, perhaps thousands of others, they were kept under lock and key and forced to service local men to pay off their 'travel debt'" (para 8). "One who, aged 20, was taken from her home in...more
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-3

"They contain nothing but a panic button and a waste bin for customers to dispose of condoms and tissues once they have had sex in their cars" (27).
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Although trafficking is illegal, the fuel for it - prostitution - is not. Until 2013, it was perfectly legal here to pay for sex with 16-year-old girls. Now it’s 18 and the trade is booming" (para 6). "The legal definition of prostitution in Geneva is 'the act of selling sex.' The buyer is all but invisible, both in legislation and public awareness" (20).
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"According to the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), an international NGO, around 14,000 women are currently selling sex in Switzerland, with approximately 70 per cent coming outside the famously conservative nation" (para 7).
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-2

""Switzerland is a primary (as opposed to a transit) destination for women being trafficked into the sex trade. Victims originate mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, but also from Thailand, Nigeria, China, Brazil, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic and Morocco" (para 5).
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Although trafficking is illegal, the fuel for it - prostitution - is not. Until 2013, it was perfectly legal here to pay for sex with 16-year-old girls. Now it’s 18 and the trade is booming" (para 6).
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"'These [pro-prostitution] organisations close their eyes to the fact that around 70 per cent of the prostitutes are victims of sex trafficking'" (para 36).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The maximum penalty for statutory rape is imprisonment for 10 years" (p. 16).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The equality law prohibits discrimination with respect to employment on the basis of sex (including pregnancy)" (p. 22).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"With few exceptions, the law designates 16 as the minimum age for consensual sex" (p. 16).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years" (p. 15).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The production, possession, distribution, or downloading of internet pornography that involves children is illegal and punishable by fines or a maximum sentence of one year in prison" (p. 16).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"FGM/C is illegal and punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment" (p. 14).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and facilitates legal remedies for those claiming discrimination or harassment in the workplace. Special legal protection against the dismissal of a claimant expires after six months. Employers failing to take reasonable measures to prevent sexual harassment are liable for damages up to the equivalent of six months’ salary" (p. 15).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women and members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate" (p. 12).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"A national survey published in April by local newspaper 20 Minuten found that 44 percent of 2,700 surveyed women had experienced sexual assault at least once in their lives, while 41 percent had experienced sexual harassment, and 3 percent were victims of rape" (p. 15).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"To combat the problem, the Organization against Forced Marriage, together with the Bern city police, established a website where at-risk individuals could declare their unwillingness to be married while on foreign travel, which in turn allowed authorities either to stop vulnerable individuals from leaving the country or to pronounce the marriages as invalid upon their return" (p. 16).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-3

"On November 25, the NGO Feminist Peace Organization organized a campaign supported by several cantonal governments on the influence of gender stereotypes on violence against women that included approximately 50 participating organizations and 70 public awareness events across the country" (p. 14).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The law prohibits forced marriage and provides penalties of up to five years in prison or violations" (p. 16).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs such as Terre des Femmes, Vivre Sans Violence, and the umbrella organization for women’s shelters noted that violence against women remained a serious problem. Domestic violence against migrant women was four times higher than against nonmigrant women" (p. 14).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

" Official women’s shelters had average occupancy rates between 70 and 90 percent. Most cantonal police forces included specially trained domestic violence units" (p. 14).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence, are statutory offenses for which penalties range from one to 10 years in prison. The government effectively prosecuted individuals accused of such crimes" (p. 14).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"No cases of FGM/C were brought to court in 2016, and there was no concrete evidence that FGM/C occurred in the country" (p. 14 - 15).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"In 2014 the median monthly income for women in the public sector was 7,202 Swiss francs ($7,210), while men earned 8,208 Swiss francs ($8,210). The median monthly income for women in the private sector was 5,548 Swiss francs ($5,550), while men earned 6,536 Swiss francs ($6,540)" (p. 23).
Feb. 22, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“In 2015, 965 Swiss residents used assisted suicide services in Switzerland, according to the latest figures from the Swiss statistics office. That’s up from 742 the year before and a remarkable rise on the year 2000 when only 86 people resorted to assisted suicide…women are more likely than men to seek assistance to die (539 against 426 in 2015). In contrast, far fewer women commit unassisted suicide (279 against 792 men in 2015)" (para 1-3).