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Oct. 26, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"This passion for justice and understanding has fueled both Stark's work on the groundbreaking novel 'Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation' and her research for the first-ever study of prostitution and trafficking of indigenous women, titled 'Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota'"(para 2)."'There was a lot of anecdotal information coming forward from many Native women in Minnesota about prostitution,' Stark said. 'We decided to do a research project in order to gather the information, get an idea of the scope of the problem and then find out from the women themselves what it is that they want, what do they need.'A small group of women ...more
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"A New York State approach of treating women – accused of prostitution-related offences – as the victims of trafficking has caused consternation as well as praise. In October, I spent a day in the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court (HTIC), founded in 2004, and used as a model for a statewide 11-court program which began nine years later. So far, over 3,000 defendants have passed through their doors. The concept behind the HTIC is to help women caught up in the sex trade, to recover from their experiences, and to exit prostitution. A defendant can be referred to drug treatment or immigrant legal services, as well as being offered general ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Prostitution in itself is legal in France — though brothels, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal"(para 2)."The measure will also make it easier for foreign prostitutes — many currently illegally in France — to acquire a temporary residence permit if they enter a process to get out of the prostitution business"(para 5)."'The most important aspect of this law is to accompany prostitutes, give them identity papers because we know that 85 percent of prostitutes here are victims of trafficking,' Maud Olivier, a lawmaker with the governing Socialists and a sponsor of the legislation, told The Associated Press"(para 7)
Sept. 1, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Hundreds of under-age Egyptian girls enter temporary marriages with rich tourists from the Persian Gulf during the summer in return for money for their families. These unions – dubbed summer marriages – are not legally binding and end when the foreigners return to their own countries" (para 1). "There are no official figures, but NGOs estimate that thousands of men continue to come to Egypt each year in the search for a summer bride" (para 11).
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"From morning to night, Mexican banda music blares out from the dingy bars in Mexico's southern border city of Tapachula where thousands of Central American women sell sex to fund their dream of reaching the United States.Rights groups estimate 30,000 migrants, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, are working in bars in shopping streets and red light districts in the bustling city near the Guatemala border that has become a trafficking hotspot"(para 1-2)."'Migrants are ideal victims for trafficking and prostitution because at one stage they have needs, a need to survive, a need to earn money,' said Elsa Simon, a women's rights activist.'A female migrant is the most vulnerable. ...more
May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1, IRP-DATA-2

"Songtan is one of as many as 180 camptowns in South Korea today. Within 400 yards of Osan’s main gate, there are some 92 bars—about one every 26 feet. In a 2007 count, there were 21 hotels in the area with rooms by the hour" (p 26)
April 26, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"According to the Ministry of Justice, in 2013, the most recent year for which statistics were available, courts convicted 626 persons of sexual intercourse with persons under age of 15 and 16 persons of pimping minors" (19).
March 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala

"The Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman received 477 complaints of commercial sexual exploitation of children between 2009 and October 2015: 413 complaints of child prostitution, 60 for child pornography, and four for child sex tourism" (19).
March 9, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) reported in June 2011 that in post-earthquake Haiti 'rape, violence, and child prostitution were rampant in the absence of security patrols, open public access to the camps, increased criminality and gang activity among unemployed youth, loss of family livelihoods and lack of access to information on rights and victims’ services.... The young women reported exchanging sexual acts in return for food and benefits, including coupons for aid distributions, access to direct aid distributions, cash for work programs,37 money, or even a single meal.38 They claimed the primary motivation for engaging in survival sex was not only their personal survival, but in cases of mothers, ...more
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"According to a 2010 World Bank report, 26 percent of children living on the streets were girls, of whom 70 percent were victims of rape and 90 percent were victims of forced prostitution" (30-31).
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"He claims to have slept with 104 women and girls - although as he said the same to a local newspaper in 2012, I sense that he long ago lost count...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 $4 to $7 (£3 to £5) each time" (para 10-11). "According to Father Clause Boucher, a French-born Catholic priest who's lived in Malawi for 50 years and is now its pre-eminent anthropologist, the rituals date back centuries. They stem from age-old beliefs about the need for children to be passed into the 'heat' of adulthood by ...more
Jan. 20, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"On December 30, according to reliable international press sources, UN peacekeeping troops were listed as allegedly using a prostitution ring in the M’Poko IDP camp, paying 289 to 1,731 CFA francs (50 cents and $3) for sex with young girls" (5).
Jan. 9, 2017, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"On December 30, according to reliable international press sources, UN international peacekeeping troops, including from Burundi, were listed as using a prostitution ring in the M’Poko camp in the Central African Republic, paying CFA 289 to 1,731 (50 cents and $3) for sex with young girls" (5).
April 4, 2016, 7:21 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Between January and November 2008, the Police opened 244 cases for managing a place for the purpose of prostitution, and arrested 46 suspects. In the same time frame, 56 cases of mediation for prostitution were opened by the Police, and nine cases were opened for trafficking in women. In addition, 50 brothels were closed, and 78 suspects were arrested on account of trafficking or related offences, 11 of which are awaiting the completion of proceedings" (32). "In recent years, there has been a sharp decline in the number of women trafficked to Israel for prostitution. This decline is evident in the number of trafficking victims located by law enforcement agencies, ...more
March 30, 2016, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Young Greek women are selling sex for the price of a sandwich as six years of painful austerity has pushed the European country to the financial brink, a new study showed Friday. The study, which compiled data on more than 17,000 sex workers operating in Greece, found that Greek women now dominate the country’s prostitution industry, replacing Eastern European women, and that the sex on sale in Greece is some of the cheapest on offer in Europe" (para 1-2). "When the economic crisis began in Greece, the going rate for sex with a prostitute was 50 Euros ($53), the London newspaper quoted Laxos as saying. Now, it’s fallen to as ...more
March 7, 2016, 4:49 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"The situation in the Donbas Region is highly disturbing. … Earlier in the year, reports come to IOM from local sources of trafficking of desperate women from the conflict-affected areas for prostitution, both in Ukraine and abroad. Yet, no verified cases of human trafficking resulting from the conflict were identified by IOM or its partners in 2014." (1)
Feb. 24, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"The percentage of men who admitted to purchasing sex fell from 1 in 8 to 1 in 13 during the first ten years after the Act was passed1. In 2014 The Stockholm County Administrative Board presented an overview of prostitution in Sweden that showed that the Act had been effective and that it still enjoys strong support. Approximately 7.5 percent of Swedish men between 18 and 65 years of age have purchased sexual services at some time in their lives" (17). "During 2014 prosecution of one case of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, 5 cases of heavy pimping, 12 cases of pimping and 260 cases of sex purchase were sentenced. ...more
Feb. 12, 2016, 6:01 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"'Women face risks of different forms of violence, including when eroded livelihoods forces them into survival sex'. Child marriage is a major issue in Ethiopia where 41 percent of girls are married before their 18th birthday, the campaign group Girls Not Brides says"(para 5-6)
Feb. 12, 2016, 12:53 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"In 2005, 390 crimes were revealed as falling under the article of the CCRF 'Recruiting for the occupation of prostitution', and 100 persons were brought to justice, and in 2006, 1.4 times more than in 2005 (262 persons). According to the article in the CCRF 'The organization of the occupation of prostitution', in 2005, 1,039 crimes were registered and 741 persons were brought to justice, whereas in 2006, 1,376 crimes were registered, which is 1.3 times more than in 2005, and 967 persons committing such crimes were brought to justice. According to the facts of the illegal distribution of pornographic materials or objects,in 2006, 2,876 crimes were registered, and 1,198 ...more
Feb. 4, 2016, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"In this regard, the 2011- 2012 THMIS found out that 15 percent of men reported ever paying for sex; 9 percent reported paying for sex at least once during the 12 months preceding the survey. Men aged between 20 and 49 (15 percent-18 percent), ever-married men (15 percent-37 percent), and rural men (15 percent) were most likely to have ever paid for sex" (42)
Jan. 13, 2016, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"There is evidence to show that prostitution exist in Vanuatu but on a transactional basis" (31)
Jan. 4, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

“Bombay the largest brothel district in all of India, each night more than 200,000 local men crowd themselves into 6 blocks, where 20,000 prostitutes live and work. Half the girls here come from Nepal, there is a huge demand for their golden skin and oriental features. Even more desirable are hundreds of children some as young as nine…The girls here have been cheated, kidnapped, beaten, and sold into bondage, they are modern day sex slaves” (1:35-2:30).
Jan. 4, 2016, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

“Bombay the largest brothel district in all of India, each night more than 200,000 local men crowd themselves into 6 blocks, where 20,000 prostitutes live and work. Half the girls here come from Nepal, there is a huge demand for their golden skin and oriental features. Even more desirable are hundreds of children some as young as nine…The girls here have been cheated, kidnapped, beaten, and sold into bondage, they are modern day sex slaves” (1:35-2:30). “Customers visit the brothel around the clock, the price, 60-100 rupees 1 to 2 dollars depending on the girl’s beauty and age. The madams charge a premium for children, and virgins and children. Some ...more
Dec. 31, 2015, 8:38 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Police crackdowns have since become more frequent. The number of red-light districts in the country fell to 44 in 2013, from 69 in 2002, according to government figures, and the number of women working in those districts fell to 5,100 from 9,100. In 2013, the police investigated more than 8,600 cases of prostitution. The government has cited these figures as evidence that the new law is working" (para 9). "A petition signed by 882 prostitutes and submitted to the court said the government had no right to 'use criminal punishment to discourage voluntary sex among adults.' Chang Se-hee, an association leader, also accused South Korea of helping export prostitution, saying ...more
Dec. 30, 2015, 9:49 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"2013 – 120 persons in street prostitution. 2012 – 150 persons in street prostitution. 2011 – 163 persons in street prostitution. 2010 – 175 persons in street prostitution. 2009 – 191 persons in street prostitution. 2008 – 200 persons in street prostitution" (9). "According to academic research, the legislation has a direct impact on Swedish men’s prostitution behaviour - the number of Swedish men who have bought someone for the purpose of prostitution has decreased from 13.6 % in 1996 to only 7.9% in 2008" (13).
Aug. 18, 2015, 10:52 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"There is not an exact statistic on the number of prostitutes in Afghanistan, since this issue is extremely sensitive in the country. Six Chinese women in 2006-2007 and seven women again from China in 2007-2008 who came to Afghanistan for prostitution were expelled from the country. In a survey done by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Afghanistan, 4 out of 20 victims of trafficking have said that they have been sexually exploited. This organization has assisted 91 victims of trafficking, all of whom, excluding one, were Chinese. This report announces that 62 percent of the Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani trafficked women were smuggled for sexual abuse purposes. The ...more
Aug. 15, 2015, 7:40 p.m.
Countries: China

"A study by Lena Edlund of Columbia University and others found that in 1988-2004, a one-point rise in the sex ratio in China raised rates of violent crime and theft by six to seven points...The imbalance is fuelling demand for prostitution" (p 14)
Aug. 12, 2015, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

According to the table 'Ministry of Interior statistics on crimes to women (2003-2009),' there were 280 reported incidents of prostitution from 2003-2009: 18 in 2003, 24 in 2004, 40 in 2005, 36 in 2006, 33 in 2007, 29 in 2008, and 100 in 2009 (27)
Aug. 5, 2015, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Margaret Simons wrote that in Angeles City, ‘the entire town — with a population of about 350,000 — is a brothel, and its support system’. Al Jazeera reported earlier this year that $400m is spent on prostitution in the Philippines each year, a large chunk of that from the pockets of Australian sex tourists" (p 26-27)
Aug. 5, 2015, 12:26 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Lin Jiang, a professor of public finance and taxation at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, estimated that the raids [on businesses with prostitution] could wipe out out 50 billion yuan ($8 billion) for businesses, including hotels, shops and restaurants. That's a tenth of Dongguan's city revenue in 2014" (p 13)