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Latest items for IRP-DATA-2

Dec. 17, 2020, 7:34 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

“In Italy, prostitution is not illegal, nor is it regulated as an official occupation, making the country’s 70,000 sex workers largely ineligible to receive economic relief. Many have been forced to take their chances by returning to work in order to avoid poverty” (para. 7). “In March, Regina Satariano, a 60-year-old sex worker in Tuscany, started hearing about colleagues who hadn’t eaten, and a landlord who had threatened to evict a group of 17 housemates, all sex workers who were out of work because of the pandemic. Ms. Satariano put together her savings and bought bags of pasta, tomato sauce, chicken and soap to distribute to her colleagues. But without...more
Aug. 12, 2020, 3:51 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"…FGM remains widely practiced throughout the country, with an estimated four out of five genital mutilations performed by doctors in professional medical environments" (para 29).
July 19, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Four percent of men age 15-49 reported that they had ever paid for sex. Trends: The percentage of men who reported ever having paid for sex has not changed substantially since 2001" (268).
July 3, 2020, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Fifteen percent of men age 15-49 report ever having paid for sexual intercourse, and 6% report that they paid for sexual intercourse in the 12 months preceding the survey. More than half (56%) of those who paid for sexual intercourse in the 12 months preceding the survey reported using a condom during their last paid sexual intercourse" (227).
May 31, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Sexual intercourse undertaken for payment is most often at high risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases and limits the possibility for negotiating safe sex. One percent of men age 15-49 in India say that they paid for sexual intercourse in the 12 months preceding the survey. About half (48%) of men who reported paying for sex in the past 12 months reported using a condom during their last paid sexual intercourse" (418).
May 15, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Five percent of men age 15-49 have ever paid for sex. The percentage of men who have paid for sex increases from 1% among those age 15-19 to 7% among those age 30-39… The percentage of men who reported having ever paid for sex did not change between 2013 and 2018 (5% in both years)" (348).
March 24, 2020, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"There are about 123,530 sex workers in Thailand, according to a 2014 UNAIDS report, compared with 37,000 sex workers in neighboring Cambodia" (para 13<).
Feb. 8, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"In the SADHS 2016, men were asked about payment for sexual intercourse and condom use at last paid sexual intercourse. Five percent of men have ever paid for sex and 3% have paid for sex in the last 12 months. Among men who paid for sex in the last 12 months, 83% reported using condoms during their most recent sexual intercourse" (203).
Nov. 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: IRP-DATA-1, IRP-DATA-2

"According to the Ministry of Justice, in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics were available, courts convicted 604 persons of sexual intercourse with persons under age 15 and seven persons of pimping minors" (19).
Aug. 21, 2019, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Eighteen percent of men age 15-49 reported ever having paid for sex, and 4 percent paid for sex in the past 12 months" (242).
July 8, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Eight percent of men have ever paid for sex, and 4% report having paid for sex in the past 12 months (Table 13.7)" (251).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Child prostitution existed and a local NGO estimated in 2015 that 5,000 children were involved in sex work in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas" (p. 25).
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-DATA-2

"The age of sexual consent is 18. There is a statutory rape law. Sexual activity with a juvenile carries a prison sentence of up to three years. Paying a juvenile for sexual activity carries a prison term of three months to five years. Authorities may fine or imprison for one to 10 years any person found guilty of inducing a minor into prostitution. Romani child beggars were at risk of sex trafficking. According to a survey of Roma conducted in Podgorica and Berane in April 2014 by the NGO Montenegrin Women’s Lobby, 71 percent of respondents knew of prostitution cases involving minor Romani girls" (Pg 29).
June 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Eighteen percent of men have ever paid for sex and 7% have paid for sex in the last 12 months" (206).
June 5, 2019, 11:40 a.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Ten percent of men said they had paid for sexual intercourse in the past 12 months" (189). "Among men age 15-49, 27 percent reported having ever paid for sexual intercourse. The percentage who ever paid for sex is highest among men age 25-29 (36 percent)" (198).
May 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"According to the most recent estimates, the number of FSWs [female sex workers] in Nepal ranges between 24,649 and 28,359 (NCASC 2011a)" (170).
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-DATA-2

"It also notes with appreciation the information provided that street prostitution has been reduced by 50 per cent in the State party since the adoption in 1999 of a law prohibiting the purchase of sexual services" (8-9).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1, IRP-DATA-2

"The overwhelming majority of trafficking victims (60 percent) were girls between 12 and 18 years and most victims (35 percent) ended up in forced prostitution"(p. 22).
April 18, 2019, 8:38 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Independent observers and the government estimated at least 3,500 foreign minors were victims of sexual exploitation. According to the Ministry of Justice, through September 15, authorities arrested 174 persons (159 citizens and 15 foreigners) for exploiting minors for prostitution" (p.14).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Prostitution in Tibetan areas was not uncommon" (page 90).
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 8, 2019, 7:31 a.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Unicef estimates that roughly 19,000 sex workers are active in Mongolia, however, some field workers cite much higher numbers. The state’s population sits at around 3 million" (para. 7).
March 7, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"The government identified child sex tourism as a serious problem"(12).
March 6, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Barbados

"The Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, and Community Development acknowledged child prostitution occurred ...Newspaper reports suggested the number of young teenage girls engaged in transactional sex was increasing" (8).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: IRP-DATA-1, IRP-DATA-2

"There were anecdotal reports that boys and girls were exploited in child prostitution, including the “sugar daddy” syndrome whereby older men provided money to young women and/or their families for sexual relations. Similarly, there were reports of increasing exploitation of minors, often to meet the demand of foreign sex tourists in tourist-populated areas or where there were transient and seasonal workers" (14).
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:57 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"This is Kandipara – one of Bangladesh’s estimated 20 legal brothel “villages”, with approximately 400 sex workers employed" (para. 6). "It’s thought that at least 10 per cent of men in Bangladesh will pay for sex in their lifetimes, but out of 375 sex workers surveyed on behalf of Girls Not Brides across four such brothels in Bangladesh last year, 47 per cent were former child brides, trafficked into prostitution against their will" (para. 8).
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Mariatu was first arrested aged 15 for 'loitering,' which is vaguely defined under the Public Order Act 1965 as an offence whereby someone is 'in the open air' without a visible purpose" (para 9).
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"The Law of the Lao PDR does not allow prostitution as a profession and sex trade is a criminal offense in the Lao PDR. However, in practice, there are still individuals who covertly provide sexual service which according to an estimation the number of service women in the Lao PDR is 11,000 persons8 which is relatively close to the information that the National Aids Prevention Centre has gathered from various provinces participating in the prevention of AIDS program in 2014 which was supported by Global Fund under the supervision of the Ministry of Health as demonstrated in Table 6. Therefore, the measures adopted by the Government of the Lao PDR...more
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"The government’s Information Technology Institution reported 150,924 complaints regarding offensive internet content, including vulgarity (56 percent), sexual exploitation of children (7 percent), prostitution (28 percent), and other offenses like gambling and insults against Ataturk. The institution did not provide numbers for the year and did not describe how many of the complaints resulted in blocking orders" (page 34). "Other media stories documented forced prostitution and brideselling among Syrian refugees" (page 45). "Some sources alleged commercial sexual exploitation of children (see section 6, Children)" (page 71).
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

In 2014 police investigated 17 criminal cases in relation to forced sexual exploitation and coercion of minors into prostitution (page 38).