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Latest items for IRP-PRACTICE-1

Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"'I see girls being abused, being sent to be prostitutes, taken out of school as parents have no money,' or orphaned girls who have to provide for siblings, she says. She teaches girls to see their bodies as more than just objects for other people's pleasure. "They forgot that their body was so precious,' Waya says" (para 28-29).
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:06 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"'The government is sending a clear message today to clients of prostitution: Trafficking in women and use of the services of a prostitute are unacceptable in every way,' Shaked declared after the bill was approved in the committee" (para 5). "Clients who use prostitution services serve to grease the wheels of the sex trade in Israel, an industry that is estimated to involve around 1.2 billion shekels ($330 million) a year" (para 8). "Knesset member Yachimovich, one of the leading old-timers in this struggle, praised the fact that the committee passed the bill and wrote, 'This is the beginning of the end of the era in which women can be...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The individual and combined impact of these factors causes economic hardship for families who have to pay for education, health, and basic services. This leads families, and especially women and girls, to seek economic opportunities abroad. Women and girls travelling to Thailand, China, Singapore, and Malaysia are often exploited when they arrive and sold to the sex industry or domestic work" (page 8). "Drug use also places burdens on women to provide economically for fractured families, often forcing women to choose exploitation to secure livelihood" (page 18).
Nov. 15, 2018, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"And in therapy sessions, the eldest boy said their lives had changed for the better since they started the 'shows': the family had more money, they could eat at the local fast food chain Jollibee, and their mother could stop working in a factory. Slowly, what had happened became apparent. “They saw the neighbours making money. They suggested it to their parents,” the prosecutor said. And at 13, it was Nicole who spoke to the paedophiles online, not her mother" (para 51-52).
Nov. 15, 2018, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Next month, Unicef will launch a campaign to educate young people about the risks of the online world. The UK’s #WeProtect project, an international alliance to fight online child abuse, has promised £10m to the campaign" (para 12).
Nov. 7, 2018, 2:15 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"In Tajikistan … casual sex is deemed socially unacceptable" (para. 10).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Law enforcement practices contributed to high levels of stigma and discrimination against female sex workers and transgender women that in turn hindered their access to HIV prevention, treatment, and social protection services" (45).
Oct. 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"In Pakistan, underage girls who are sold off by their families frequently end up as sex slaves, servants, or wives to wealthy men in communities where it is common for men to have several wives" (para. 14).
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes with appreciation the efforts undertaken by the State party to combat trafficking in persons and to protect victims of trafficking, but is seriously concerned that the growth of unemployment, corruption, the decline in standards of living of the population, the ongoing crisis and insufficient implementation of anti-trafficking legislation and related action plans create favourable conditions for the alarming situation of widespread trafficking in the State party. The Committee is further concerned at the reports of violence and discrimination against women in prostitution, which results in various forms of abuse, including extortion, beatings, exploitation of women under so-called “subbotnik” schemes, and rape, the limited assistance available to them...more
Oct. 4, 2018, 9:54 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"Bachara is a tribal matriarchal community in the western part of Madhya Pradesh... Here, girls are forced into prostitution by their own fathers and brothers. The responsibility of making both ends meet is in the hands of the eldest daughter of the family. Most of such families have a dedicated room in their houses to continue this dreaded profession" (para 11-12). "Known as 'village of sex workers,' Wadia village in in Tharad taluka in Banaskantha district of north Gujarat, close to Rajasthan border, is famous for flesh trade on an enormous scale, since over last 80 years. Here, men search for customers for the women of their families and also...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The initial report states that Omani society rejects the trafficking and exploitation of women in prostitution as such trafficking and exploitation violate religious teachings, customs and traditions. The legislation and measures that have been adopted concretize this moral obligation" (pg 14). "The Sultanate’s initial national report stated that Oman is largely free of human trafficking and the exploitation of women in prostitution. The Sultanate is continuing efforts to counter such problems, which appear from time to time due to illegal immigration. It strengthened procedures for granting work or visit permits to preclude the importation of women for trafficking or prostitution. The Sultanate continues to enforce the Law on the Combating...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"'With such high interest rates, a poor family can very quickly find themselves with 4 lakh (roughly $296), 5 lakh (roughly $370) or even 6 lakh (roughly $444) of debt … there are only [a] few ways to get that sort of money fast, and sex work is one of the fastest money earning activities you can find,' says anthropologist Maxime Boutry" (para 19). "'If you are the woman in the family and not educated, your only choice is sex work. Life is very hard here, especially in Yangon, and we have to find money for our family to survive,' she says fighting back the tears. 'In this industry I...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:07 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-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). Prostitution is not a crime, but the police still link it with other unsavory/illegal practices, which would influence society's general view of sex workers being inherently bad (AA-CODER COMMENT). "'There’s an extraordinary level of implicit racism here, and it’s evident in the fact that there are no underage Italian girls working the streets,' Father Enzo Volpe, a priest who runs a center for migrant children and trafficking victims, told me. 'Society dictates that it’s...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The U.N. report, published the same year, concluded that the industry was “so ingrained in Edo State, especially in Benin City and its immediate environs, that it is estimated that virtually every Benin family has one member or the other involved.” Today, tens of thousands of Edo women have done sex work in Europe, and some streets in Benin City are named for madams. The city is filled with women and girls who have come back, but some who can’t find work end up making the journey again" (para 21). "Nuns working for an organization called the Committee for the Support and Dignity of Women travel to local schools and...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that a large number of women and girls are subjected to exploitation through prostitution in the State party and that women in prostitution are criminalized under the Suppression and Prevention of Prostitution Act of 1996, whereas those who exploit women in prostitution are rarely prosecuted. It also notes with concern that women working in the entertainment sector are presumed to be guilty of prostitution under the Act, arrested and subjected to humiliating treatment following violent police raids and targeted in entrapment operations by police officers. The Committee is further concerned at reports of official complicity in the exploitation of women in prostitution, includ ing largescale extortion...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Nat, the wife, has had a very troubled life. She was bought as a child by a family who then “lent” her to a prostitution house for money" (para 5).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:56 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"In an attempt to redefine Thailand as a destination for 'quality' tourism, tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul recently proclaimed she wants the country’s sex industry 'gone.' At the same time, police have launched a series of raids on bars and clubs, saying the aim is to tackle trafficking, underage sex work and licensing breaches" (para 2). "According to Empower spokeswoman Liz Hilton, the story is the same for many of the disadvantaged Thai women who choose to enter the sex industry: After trying to make ends meet in a series of jobs, they turn to sex work as a last-ditch attempt to fulfill their economic duties. 'This is a group of...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:56 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"A lot of women, and men, in Thailand sell sexual services for money...Only over the last few years has the full body massage (no penetration) become extremely popular, with new houses of supposedly ill-repute opening and closing – as is often the case with the service orientated industry in Thailand – all over the country. There’s also now what is referred to as the business of sidelines, which is young girls, supposedly of a more pure status, selling themselves online. It’s no secret; in this report by the Kinsey Institute, “90% of the [Thai] male participants had had sex with a prostitute and 74% had lost their virginity with a...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"There were also allegations that police officers participated directly in the trafficking of persons and commonly frequented illegal brothels" (11).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:43 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"There continued to be isolated reports of children exploited in domestic servitude, mining, forced begging, and commercial sexual exploitation of children" (43).
Sept. 4, 2018, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Girls from towns bordering South Africa, Zambia, and Mozambique were subjected to prostitution in brothels that catered to longdistance truck drivers...The proportion of orphans in the country remained very high...Some children were forced to turn to prostitution for income" (38).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of boys and girls surviving on the streets in prostitution and of underage girls employed in dance bars, massage parlors, and cabin restaurants (a type of brothel)" (33).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"An estimated 95 percent of women were dependent on the community or family-based (typically agricultural) economy. Many young women also engaged in transactional sex with older, wealthier men in order to survive economically" (15).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Children engaged in prostitution, and the country was a destination for sex tourism" (31).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"There were multiple reports of so-called “survival sex” by refugees to obtain income to supplement food rations and other necessities in the camp" (11).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Several cultural and traditional practices resulted in the sexual exploitation of young women and girls. For example, in some remote areas, the traditional practice of “Tsenan’ampela” (girl markets) continued. Starting at age 13, girls go to cattle markets, where they try to attract cattle owners and negotiate a price for a “marriage,” which can last for a night or the duration of the market (from Friday to Monday), according to the UN special rapporteur’s 2013 report. Such girls generally were paid up to 10,000 ariary ($3) a night and returned home after the market" (20).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs and local media reported sex tourism and the number of street children in Cairo and other metropolitan areas (where criminals sometimes sexually exploited children) remained high due to economic hardship. Temporary marriages were also sometimes used to mask sexual exploitation of children and child prostitution" (43). "According to government, NGO, and media reports, the number of street children in Cairo continued to increase in the face of deteriorating economic conditions. Such children were at greater risk of sexual exploitation or forced begging" (50).
Aug. 28, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-4

"Women face stigmatization by family and community members when reporting certain crimes, in particular conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, including forced and early marriage, sexual slavery, rape and torture" (page 4).
Aug. 24, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is particularly concerned: . . . (d) That data on the exploitation of prostitution are not available, notwithstanding reports that women who engage in prostitution face violence and exploitation, including at the hands of the police" (page 9).
Aug. 6, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

“the vast majority of women in prostitution are driven into it because of economic hardship or drug dependence” (8)