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Latest items for IRP-LAW-1

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).
March 24, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation of children and the possession, manufacture, and distribution of child pornography, which is punishable by imprisonment for up to eight years" (17).
March 9, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Finally, impunity for crimes involving exploitation and other violence against women has reinforced the perception that aggressors can act without punishment.65 Conditions in the camps, including the lack of accountability structures for camp committees, facilitate abuse" (14). "'Prostitution' is not illegal in Haiti, however, police may arrest women engaged in survival sex under a provision of the penal code related to public indecency... In one case that went to trial before the earthquake, a young woman in Mirebalais (a city outside of Port au Prince) reported that she had been raped and the complaint was pursued. The judge ruled that it was not rape because the perpetrator had the “habit ...more
Feb. 23, 2017, 12:02 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and authorities enforced the law" (11).
Feb. 15, 2017, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law also contains specific provisions that prohibit child pornography and child prostitution, prescribing penalties for sexual abuse of children of 20 to 30 years’ imprisonment and fines of 100,000 to 200,000 pesos ($2,210 to $4,420)" (32).
Feb. 13, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography" (12).
Feb. 13, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Sweden’s legal ap- proach of targeting the purchasers rather than the sex workers has been adopted by Norway, Iceland, Canada and Northern Ireland to date" (3).
Feb. 10, 2017, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Canada, Iceland, Norway
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Sweden’s legal approach of targeting the purchasers rather than the sex workers has been adopted by Norway, Iceland, Canada and Northern Ireland to date" (3).
Feb. 10, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"In 1999, Sweden introduced its Act Prohibiting the Purchase of Sexual Services, the first of its kind. The act made it illegal to buy sexual services in Sweden – along with procurement, which was already forbidden – without punishing the prostitute. In 2005, the offence was incorporated into the general criminal code" (3).
Feb. 8, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-5

"Prostitution is legal for those age 16 and older" (23).
Feb. 8, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the use, recruitment, or offering of children for prostitution or pornographic films, pictures, or events. Violators can receive prison sentences ranging from five to 20 years and fines of five to 50 million CFA francs ($8,700 to $87,700)" (24).
Feb. 8, 2017, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and authorities enforced the law" (13).
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The penalties for commercial sexual exploitation of children range from three to five years in prison; most convicted traffickers in 2014, however, were released on parole or given suspended sentences, as permitted under sentencing guidelines for convictions with penalties of less than five years’ imprisonment. The range increases from five years and a day to 20 years and a fine of 31 to 35 UTM ($2,015 to $2,275) in cases where exploitation is habitual, or if there was deceit or abuse of authority or trust" (13).
Jan. 31, 2017, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"France follows at least four other European countries that have criminalized the purchase of sex: Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the UK" (para 9).
Jan. 31, 2017, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law considers unmarried persons under age 18 to be minors and prohibits their sexual exploitation, prostitution, and involvement in pornography. Consensual sex outside of marriage is illegal" (12). "Anyone convicted of facilitating child prostitution is subject to a prison term of two to five years and a fine of 150,000 to one million Comoran francs ($345 to $2,300)" (12).
Jan. 30, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the prostitution of children, with punishments of five to 10 years’ imprisonment and fines up to 970,000 CFA francs ($1,680) for conviction" (20).
Jan. 27, 2017, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"France has joined a growing number of European countries that criminalize clients of prostitutes. The French National Assembly outlawed the hiring of prostitutes while eliminating penalties for sex workers. Paying for sex services now carries a fine of 1,500 euros ($1,700). Repeat offenders could be fined up to 3,750 euros ($4,260). Clients will also have to enroll in workshops to learn about the plight of sex workers, according to the National Assembly's website" (para 1-3).
Jan. 20, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The family code prescribes penalties for the commercial exploitation of children, including imprisonment and financial penalties" (22).
Jan. 18, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and authorities enforced the law effectively" (16). "Persons convicted of living off the proceeds of prostitution of a child younger than 18 face between two and 14 years’ imprisonment. Persons who aid, counsel, compel, use, or threaten to use violence, intimidation, or coercion in relation to a child younger than 18 engaging in prostitution face between five and 14 years’ imprisonment. Persons who solicit or obtain the sexual services of a child younger than 18 face between six months’ and five years’ imprisonment" (16).
Jan. 11, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The government used the Law on the Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation to prosecute sex tourists victimizing children...The law also prohibits the production and possession of child pornography" (23-24).
Jan. 9, 2017, 9:25 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law punishes those that foment, promote, or facilitate prostitution or sexual exploitation of children under age 14 with a penalty of two to eight years in prison. If the victim is age 14 to 15, the penalty is one to five years in prison" (11). "The law punishes those that induce, transport, or provide housing or create the conditions for sexual exploitation and prostitution of children under 16 in a foreign country with a penalty of two to eight years in prison" (11).
Jan. 9, 2017, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The penalty for commercial sexual exploitation of children is five to 10 years in prison and a fine of between 20,000 ($12.80) and 50,000 Burundian francs ($32)" (34).
Jan. 3, 2017, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Although the law does not explicitly prohibit child sex tourism, article 13 of the 1949 Suppression of Prostitution Act and the Prostitution Act prohibit pimping and prostitution, respectively, and the penal code prohibits having sex with a minor under the age of 14. The penalty for the purchase and sale of commercial sex acts from a child under age 18 is 10 years’ imprisonment" (44).