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May 4, 2018, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-2, PRN-LAW-1, IIP-LAW-2

"The new Irish law will help efforts to end demand by holding sex buyers accountable and will also ensure that prostituted individuals and survivors can access comprehensive support services. In addition, it strengthens national laws against sexual grooming, child pornography and sexual harassment in the Republic of Ireland" (pp 2)
May 4, 2018, 5:37 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) commends the Republic of Ireland for the historic passage of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, which decriminalizes prostituted people and penalizes the purchase of sex. After years of intense efforts, the bill passed Ireland's lower house, Dáil Éireann, on Feb. 7 and was approved in the upper house, Seanad Éireann, on Feb. 14" (pp 1)
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Australian Government does not regard state and territory laws that legalise sex work in some Australian jurisdictions as breaches to obligations under Article 6 of CEDAW, as legalised sex work does not necessarily constitute exploitation of prostitution. The Australian Government considers that exploitation would arise where the circumstances in which sex workers are employed are exploited or where they do not consent to engage in sex work. Exploitation also arises in situations involving children engaged in sex work. Australia has comprehensively criminalised these forms of exploitation" (Pg 21). "State and territory governments are responsible for regulating the sex work industry in Australia. Most jurisdictions have enacted legislation relating to...more
April 19, 2018, 10:25 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"You should know that prostitution has been illegal in Thailand since 1960. Still, it’s estimated to be worth US$6.4 billion a year in revenue, a large part of the country’s GDP, according to black market research company Havocscope" (para 3). "But this last week it seems the nation was shocked by a moment of lewd candidness after a Thai sex worker in the city of Pattaya was caught on camera fellating her Korean John. The aptly named Pol.Col. Sukthat Pumpanmuang, superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, said that the couple would be charged with public indecency, as was reported by Khaosod...The offending bar was shut down for 10 days, and life...more
April 16, 2018, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Though prostitution is technically illegal in Thailand, the thinly veiled cover of bars, karaoke clubs and massage shops do little to counter the town’s long-held reputation as a mecca for partying, sun and sex" (para 1). "The solicitation of sex has been illegal in Thailand since the 1960s. However, with the onset of the Vietnam War and the subsequent influx of U.S. soldiers across Southeast Asia, the industry flourished. When the military left, tourists took their place. Ever since then, Thailand’s sex industry has been openly, if reluctantly, tolerated by authorities" (para 10).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Although prostitution itself is not prohibited or punished by law, pimping and soliciting on the streets are prosecuted and punished. Act No. 011-2014/AN of 17 April 2014 on combating the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography was adopted in that framework. The victims of such offences are mainly girls" (20).
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"It also notes with concern the criminalization of women in prostitution in the State party and the heavy prison sentences and fines imposed on women involved in prostitution, as well as the absence of any measures taken to address the demand side of prostitution' (Pg 6).
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"That the legislature is anxious to criminalise the exploitation of prostitution is evident from articles 201, 202, 203 and 204 of the Kuwaiti Penal Code" (15). The word "anxious" implies that the legislature has not yet passed a measure to explicitly criminalize prosititution (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"[The Committee] is concerned about: ...The stigmatization of and administrative penalties imposed on women and girls in prostitution" (6).
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Furthermore, the Government has inserted into the Criminal Code (Law No.1/05 of 22 April 2009, revising the Criminal Code) clause that severely punish trafficking in women and girls. Involved are above all offences against public morals (les bonnes mœurs, Articles 538 to 565): prostitution, abetment of debauchery and prostitution" (15). "Article 539 of the Criminal Code establishes that: 'Whoever has violated public morals to satisfy the passions of another person or persons by instigating, abetting or facilitating debauchery, corruption, and the prostitution of persons of either sex aged or apparently aged 21 and over shall be sentenced to between one and five years imprisonment and a fine of between fifty...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the fact that, in the period since the consideration of the previous reports, the State party has ratified or acceded to the following instruments: (a) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto, in 2015; (b) Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, in 2010" (page 2).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-LAW-3, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-4, IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-2

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of Law No. 2005-06 of 10 May 2005 on combating trafficking in persons and similar practices and the protection of victims and of a national plan to combat trafficking in persons, in particular women and children, in 2009. It is concerned, however, about: (a) The absence of a clear definition of trafficking in persons in the national legislative framework; (b) The lack of data on the extent of trafficking in women and girls to, from and transiting through the State party; (c) Cases of trafficking of women and girls who are domestic workers, 'Internet brides' and women and girls subjected to forced labour, sexual exploitation,...more
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s accession to the following international instruments: . . . (b) Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, in 2012" (page 2). "While welcoming the adoption of the People Trafficking and People Smuggling (Prohibition) Act in 2009, the Committee remains concerned that the State party is a country of origin, transit and destination for trafficked women and girls, mainly for sexual exploitation and domestic labour. The Committee is also concerned at the lack of data on the extent of trafficking in persons and at the absence of specific programmes to raise...more
March 13, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Five years after the Act prohibiting the purchase of sexual services came into force, the Government requested an independent evaluation of the effects of the Act. As stated in the report published in August 2014, buying sex was criminalized in 2009. The main rationale for implementing the Act was to prevent and reduce human trafficking in Norway. The aim of the act is to: 1) change attitudes in the population, 2) reduce the size of the Norwegian sex market by constraining supply and demand, and 3) prevent entry into prostitution and thus reduce the possible sexual exploitation of men and women in prostitution. The Act also seeks to protect people...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

“Saudi Arabia has ratified or acceded to the following rights treaties under the Royal Decrees mentioned below…Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography” (14). "all acts of prostitution are criminalized at the national level based on the provisions of the Islamic Sharia" (31).
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Prostitution is not legalized in the Republic of Moldova. Given the traditions of the Republic of Moldova, prostitution as a phenomenon is condemned at all levels of society, regardless of the reasons that fostered this phenomenon. The liability for prostitution is regulated by the Administrative Offences Code, approved by the Law no. 218-XVI of October 24, 2008 with subsequent amendments and addenda, which stipulates contravention liability for prostitution - a fine of 10 to 20 conventional units (Article 89). People using the services provided by prostitutes cannot be held liable according to the law of the Republic of Moldova. In this context, the experts recommend to apply in Moldova the...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Under penal legislation in force, prostitution is an illegal act. Inciting, coercing, practicing or abetting prostitution, or living off the proceeds thereof, is penalized in legal codes under the heading of incitement to debauchery and putting public morals and decency at risk. Those provisions penalize anyone who induces or attempts to induce a woman under the age of 20 to engage in prostitution in Palestine or abroad, or any person under the age of 15 to engage in sodomy, with imprisonment for 1 month to 3 years. The penalty of imprisonment for 2 years is imposed on any person, male or female, who knowingly lives off the earnings of any...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"On 10 July 2008 the Government adopted an Action plan against prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes. The action plan focuses on the needs of the individual and consists of 5 action areas: increased support and protection for victims; stronger preventive work; enhanced quality and effectiveness in the justice system; the development of action targeted at perpetrators; greater national and international collaboration; and increased knowledge . . . The Government commissioned the Stockholm County Administrative Board to coordinate at national level the work being done by government agencies against prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes. The work covers stronger collaboration, operational support on methods, work on secure return...more
Jan. 20, 2018, 4 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Sex work is not a crime in Italy, but it attracts the attention of the police, so trafficking networks try to get residency permits for every girl they send to work on the streets" (para 100).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Swedish laws and policies on prostitution and human trafficking are particularly innovative. They rest firmly on human rights principles such as: Prostitution is a serious barrier to gender equality. Prostitution is a serious problem that is harmful to the prostituted woman or child, but also to society at large. Prostitution is male sexualized violence against women, especially targeting those who are economically, racially or ethnically marginalized/discriminated. Prostitution is incompatible with internationally accepted principles of human rights: the dignity and worth of the human person and the equal rights of men and women. Prostitution is a gender-specific crime; the majority of victims are women and girls, although a number of young...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The penal code also punishes individuals for selling or negotiating the purchase of sexual favors from persons in prostitution with penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment when the victim is younger than 18. Sex tourism involving children is also punishable. The government did not collect statistics on sex tourism involving children"(18)
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."The site [Backpage] has long positioned itself as a champion of online speech freedoms and has relied on the Communications Decency Act of 1996, a federal statute that immunizes website operators from the content of users’...more
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"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: Sweden
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Written by a group of lawmakers from both right and left and backed by the Socialist government, the legislation [which bans buying sex, not selling it] has been inspired by Sweden, which passed a similar measure in 1999"(para 12)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Other countries such as Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, where brothels are legal, are interested in the French experience"(para 13)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: Iceland, Norway
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Written by a group of lawmakers from both right and left and backed by the Socialist government, the legislation [which bans buying sex, not selling it] has been inspired by Sweden, which passed a similar measure in 1999. Norway and Iceland also followed the Swedish model"(para 12)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"French lawmakers approved a bill against prostitution and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers will face fines and be made to attend awareness classes on the harms of the sex trade. The legislation, which passed 64-12 in the parliament's lower house, the National Assembly, makes French law one of the toughest against sex buyers in Europe. Prostitution in itself is legal in France — though brothels, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal"(para 1-2)."The new measure does away with a 2003 law that banned passive soliciting by sex workers on the street and thus put the legal onus on prostitutes. This new bill...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-4

"Not all migrants working as prostitutes in Tapachula's bars are victims of trafficking but a blurry line often exists between those who voluntarily engage in adult prostitution, which is legal in Mexico, and those coerced into sex work"(para 27)
June 5, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"A man in Northern Ireland has become the first person in the UK arrested for purchasing sex" (para 1). "'Detectives from our human trafficking team conducted a brothel search and arrested a man for paying for sexual services, the first such arrest under section 15 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act 2015. Three females were also arrested and interviewed for keeping a brothel'" (para 2). "Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where people can be convicted of paying for sex. The law, which was championed by Democratic Unionist peer and Stormont assembly member Lord Morrow, came into effect on 1 June this year" (para 3). "In...more
May 1, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Authorities may detain (but do not prosecute) persons under age 18 whom they believe to be engaged in prostitution. They prosecute those who organize or profit from prostitution, bring women or girls to the country for prostitution, or coerce or deceive women or girls into prostitution" (23).