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Latest items for DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Today, many of the women who once worked in the system still live in the camptowns, so strong is the stigma attached to them. One of the sex workers, who would identify herself to a reporter only as ‘Jeon,’ moved to a camptown in 1956 as an 18-year-old war orphan. Within a few years, she became pregnant, but she gave up her son for adoption in the United States, where she hoped he would have a better life. In 2008, now a U.S. soldier, he returned to find her. Jeon was surviving on public assistance and selling things from the trash. She refused his help and said he should forget ...more
March 9, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The women who participated in the study reported that they had not engaged in such exchanges before the earthquake, and they did not identify themselves as “occasional commercial sex workers.”41 Instead, survival sex appears to be a new coping mechanism that is driven by the breakdown of family and community structures, the loss of associated protection and safety nets, and poor economic opportunity" (10-11).
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it's traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a 'hyena' once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual 'cleansing'" (para 1). "Aniva is by all accounts the pre-eminent 'hyena' in this village. It's a traditional title given to a man hired by communities in several remote parts of southern Malawi to provide what's called sexual 'cleansing'" (para 3). "He tells me he's one of 10 hyenas in this community, and that every village in Nsanje district has them. They are paid from ...more
Aug. 23, 2016, 8:48 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Pursuant to Haw. Rev. Stat...‘Sex offender’ means: 1. A person who is or has been convicted at any time . . . of a ‘sexual offense’. . . [and] ‘[s]exual offense’ means an offense that is . . . [a]n act that consists of . . . [s]olicitation of a minor for prostitution in violation of section 712-1209.1..."(59)
Aug. 6, 2016, 7:08 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

“'The great grandmother was a prostitute, the grandmother is a prostitute, the mother is a prostitute, but they have better surroundings because it’s a Bahamian family. They’re very sort of regal. She (little girl) eats well, she’s dressed well. She’s not obviously poor, but she’s heading for prostitution.' At minute 25:17, the photographer and director of the film discusses one of her student's futures as a girl born into a family of prostitutes in Calcutta, India," (MPH- Coder Comment). "'One of the girls was already married off at age 11, another one was forced into prostitution at age 14. These were my students. They have absolutely no opportunity without education. ...more
April 4, 2016, 7:21 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The Authority conducted a survey designed to examine the public’s positions regarding trafficking in women and prostitution. According to the survey, 50% of the public is of the opinion that legislation criminalizing the purchase of sexual services is required. 66% of the population believes that the panderer is the sole offender in the prostitution cycle. 68% of the public believes that prostitution derives from the hardships of life, whereas 18% believes that it derives from a personal choice. 41% of the population perceives prostitution as a profession, while only 57% is aware of the fact that most women in prostitution enter the cycle of prostitution as children" (52).more
March 16, 2016, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"A woman has been stoned to death in south-east Yemen after being accused of adultery and prostitution by an Al-Qaeda Sharia court" (para 1)
March 3, 2016, 11:33 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that some steps were taken by the State party to address the situation of “comfort women” but regrets the State party’s failure to find a lasting solution for the situation of “comfort women” victimized during the Second World War and expresses concern at the deletion of references to this issue in school textbooks" (8) This shows the societal attitudes towards historical prostitution (KAM-CODER COMMENT)
Jan. 23, 2016, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

The RCMP indicated in its May 2014 National Operational Overview Report that, “while solve rates remain similar between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal female homicides, certain homicides appear to be solved less frequently than homicides overall. For example, homicides involving women who were reported to be employed as prostitutes were solved at a significantly lower rate than homicides overall: for Aboriginal victims in the sex trade, the solve rate was 60 percent” (page 15)," (16). "They indicated that police bias, reflected in the use of demeaning or derogatory language towards Aboriginal women and in stereotypical portrayals of Aboriginal women as prostitutes, transient or runaways and having high-risk life styles, is still rampant," ...more
Jan. 3, 2016, 7:09 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Men with HIV appear to be more socially accepted than women: the former are regarded as victims of 'social evils', the latter perpetrators. One study found that respondents rate sex work by women as a greater 'evil' than drug use by men," (17). "Ironically, trafficked boys face less discrimination from the community than girls as trafficking is still widely perceived as being for sex for which boys are mistakenly not seen as vulnerable to in Vietnam," (20).
Dec. 31, 2015, 8:34 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The case follows the decision in February to decriminalize adultery, a landmark ruling that analysts said reflected changing social attitudes toward sex. 'I want what I do to be recognized as a job, a legitimate way of making a living,' Ms. Kim said recently. 'This is better than stealing for a living, isn’t it?' South Korea has always outlawed prostitution, stipulating fines or a prison sentence of up to a year for prostitutes and their customers and harsher penalties for pimps and brothel owners. Still, it tended to look the other way as red-light districts prospered. That changed after 14 young prostitutes, trapped in their rooms, died during a fire ...more
Nov. 14, 2015, 5:06 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned about the stigmatization of prostitutes suffering from HIV/AIDS by public blaming campaigns pointing out individuals" (6)
Sept. 23, 2015, 7:08 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

“Since 1 January 2002, a Prostitution Act has been in force in Germany, which is intended to reduce legal and social discrimination against prostitutes…The Prostitution Act was adopted with the goal of improving the legal and social situation of prostitutes. The legal discrimination that resulted from prostitution being seen as an immoral” (30). “Even after the Prostitution Act, prostitution is not ‘a profession like every other’ and may therefore not be considered an acceptable option for earning a living in legal terms. Therefore, the Federal Employment Agency does not refer people to jobs in the field of prostitution. The federal government will carefully observe whether, on the basis of current ...more
Aug. 18, 2015, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The recent resolution adopted by the European Parliament on sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender inequality drew on a number of human rights instruments. This resolution called on member states to recognise prostitution as cause and consequence of gender inequality and a violation of women’s human rights. It echoed an earlier European Parliament resolution which rejected the idea that ‘working as a prostitute can be equated with doing a job’. One of the earliest human rights formulations also recognised prostitution as problematic; the 1949 United Nations Convention on ‘the Suppression of the Trafficking in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others’ states that ‘prostitution ...more
May 6, 2015, 8:48 a.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee recommends that the State party consider measures to discourage the demand for prostitution. The Committee also recommends that the State party strengthen its measures to prosecute and punish traffickers. The Committee further recommends that the State party strengthen the assistance provided to victims of trafficking who have been subjected to forced prostitution and ensure that individuals who have purchased sex from victims of trafficking are prosecuted. The Committee also encourages the State party to further strengthen its measures to support women, especially non-nationals, who wish to leave prostitution. The Committee also recommends that the State party analyse the factors leading to the involvement of non-national women in prostitution ...more
May 1, 2015, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Quand une fille devient adolescente, elle doit chercher un petit-ami pour obtenir de l'argent. Cela peut mener au VIH ou a une grossesse indesiree.Quelques fois ses parents savent que leur fille a un petit-ami et acceptent cela pour que la fille ramène un peu d'argent et puisse aider les parents mais pour d'autres cas la fille cache son petit-ami et garde sa relation secrète. D'habitude, ces hommes sont plus âgés et profitent de la jeunesse, la naïveté, la pauvreté de la fille pour l'utiliser sexuelement car ils ne sont pas de la même génération que la fille. Cela engendre une grossesse indesiree le plus souvent et une interruption de la ...more
April 16, 2015, 4:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

In this situation, a woman who is widowed, divorced, has left her husband, or been abandoned by her husband may turn to prostitution. Prostitution is illegal and prostitutes are seen as outcasts. It is very difficult for women to reintegrate into society after having left prostitution. Men who go to prostitutes, however, are not as stigmatized.
Jan. 2, 2015, 1:46 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Muslims are even more emphatic that prostitution is morally wrong. More than seven-in-ten in each country surveyed say it is immoral. Only in Chad (10%) do as many as one-in-ten Muslims say prostitution is morally acceptable. Meanwhile, in a few countries, small percentages of Muslims say prostitution is not a moral issue: Bangladesh (12%), Chad (12%), Djibouti (10%) and Guinea Bissau (10%)" (para 24)
Jan. 2, 2015, 1:46 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Muslims are even more emphatic that prostitution is morally wrong. More than seven-in-ten in each country surveyed say it is immoral. Only in Chad (10%) do as many as one-in-ten Muslims say prostitution is morally acceptable. Meanwhile, in a few countries, small percentages of Muslims say prostitution is not a moral issue: Bangladesh (12%), Chad (12%), Djibouti (10%) and Guinea Bissau (10%)" (para 24)
Jan. 2, 2015, 1:46 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Muslims are even more emphatic that prostitution is morally wrong. More than seven-in-ten in each country surveyed say it is immoral. Only in Chad (10%) do as many as one-in-ten Muslims say prostitution is morally acceptable. Meanwhile, in a few countries, small percentages of Muslims say prostitution is not a moral issue: Bangladesh (12%), Chad (12%), Djibouti (10%) and Guinea Bissau (10%)" (para 24)
Jan. 2, 2015, 1:46 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Muslims are even more emphatic that prostitution is morally wrong. More than seven-in-ten in each country surveyed say it is immoral. Only in Chad (10%) do as many as one-in-ten Muslims say prostitution is morally acceptable. Meanwhile, in a few countries, small percentages of Muslims say prostitution is not a moral issue: Bangladesh (12%), Chad (12%), Djibouti (10%) and Guinea Bissau (10%)" (para 24)
Nov. 19, 2014, 1:47 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"In India, Dalit girls may be offered to the temple as temple prostitutes known as “devadasis.” The practice is officially illegal, but it remains widespread.” This excerpt is narrated at 3:48 and suggests the offering of a "devadasi" is generally accepted in society (Coder Comment-SPS). “In Nepal, Dalit girls of the Badi caste are often branded prostitutes from birth, because this is considered their caste-based occupation." This excerpt is narrated at 4:28 (Coder Comment-SPS)
Nov. 6, 2014, 6:02 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"In the past, chain murders of women have, for example, relied upon this provision to argue that their victims were engaged in the criminal act of prostitution and they committed murder in order to cleanse society from corruption" (2)
Oct. 31, 2014, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The images...show a burka-clad woman being pinned to the ground by two men while a third whips her backside 34 times…She is accused of having had an illegal sexual relationship, according to local law" (2)
Oct. 14, 2014, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"While prostitution isn't openly advertised [at the beer gardens], many of the hostesses and beer girls supplement their income by selling sex to customers after hours. Brokers also frequent the gardens, touting for men who want to buy virgins or have other 'special requests', which they arrange to take place at discreet locations" (para 17). "Apart from working in the fields, the vast garment industry is the biggest source of female employment. But wages are so pitiful at around £60 per month...Working in a beer garden or karaoke bar and doing sex work on the side can bring in double that, and some women see it as their best option" ...more
Oct. 14, 2014, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"'One evening he asked me if she was a virgin, and said he wanted to buy her.' She found out before the sale took place that he was an off-duty police general. Uy eventually agreed because, in her mind, she saw it as a chance to save Chamnan from becoming drawn into regular sex work.' It was only a matter of time if we stayed at the beer garden. All the girls who worked there seemed to do it eventually'" (para 18). "Uy took a better-not-to-know approach with her husband, too. To preserve Chamnan's virtue in his eyes, she told him she had saved up the money from beer garden ...more
Sept. 9, 2014, 3:29 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-2, ERBG-PRACTICE-3, ERBG-LAW-1, ERBG-LAW-2, IRP-PRACTICE-1, RCDW-PRACTICE-1, RCDW-LAW-1, IIP-LAW-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-4, CONST-LAW-1

"A gender equality bill first submitted to parliament in 2009 remained stalled in 2013 due to opposition from Islamist politicians. Meanwhile, discriminatory regulations continued to proliferate. An August update by Indonesia's official Commission on Violence against Women reported that national and local governments had passed 60 new discriminatory regulations in 2013. Indonesia has a total of 342 discriminatory regulations, including 79 local bylaws requiring women to wear the hijab. As of July, the Ministry of Home Affairs had signaled its intention to revoke only eight of them. These regulations include one banning women from straddling motorcycles—only riding side-saddle is permitted—in Lhokseumawe, Aceh. In neighboring Bireuen, a local regulation prohibits women ...more
Aug. 4, 2014, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The cars deposited militants who filed inside the widely known house of prostitution….Later, after the killing was done, Agence France-Presse said a single warning clung to a door: ‘This is the fate of any prostitution’...In all, anywhere from 20 to 29 alleged prostitutes were killed in a massacre that also claimed the lives of several men. No one appears to know what happened: who the killers were, why they did this, who ordered it" (para 1-2, 4). "Residents told AFP that every few months prostitutes are found murdered in those apartments. And nothing is ever done" (para 4). "The killings did not stop after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came ...more
Aug. 4, 2014, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Most of the clientele are from the ‘elite’ wealthy class and employees in senior positions who are able to evade being caught... despite the efforts of religious parties and extremist movements to slow their proliferation" (para 17-18)
Aug. 4, 2014, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Fawzi Ishaq from the Batawin neighborhood in Baghdad explained to Al-Monitor, 'Some brothels that are scattered around the neighborhood have harmed the reputation of its residents.' This has prompted them to file complaints to the police so that the suspicious homes might be closed" (para 16)