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Latest items for IRP-PRACTICE-1

Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"On August 30, police arrested six men in a case of alleged child prostitution. The three teenage victims who alerted police received medical and psychological assistance. The investigation was ongoing at year’s end" (para 64).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Prostitution of children was a problem. . . Twenty-nine minors were victims of sexual exploitation, including 25 in child pornography, and four in prostitution" (37-38).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-1, ISSA-PRACTICE-1

"Some prostitutes and domestic workers practiced infanticide, mainly due to lack of access to and knowledge about contraception. Authorities prosecuted at least two infanticide cases during the year" (page 24).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual exploitation of children, principally in prostitution, was a serious problem. According to the SNNA, many children were exploited in prostitution or forced into domestic service" (page 24). "Panambi filed a criminal complaint against police officers for harassing and demanding bribes from transgender individuals working as prostitutes" (page 28). "Transgender persons faced severe labor discrimination, even from other LGBTI individuals, and many engaged in prostitution as a result" (page 35).
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Mariatu was 15 years old when her widowed mother died and she ended up sleeping rough on the streets of Freetown where she fell into commercial sex work. Not long after, she was arrested for “loitering” and, unable to pay a police bribe, spent six months in an adult jail. Now 22, she is desperate to escape a life marked by suffering, violence and exploitation and is appealing to the state to provide more support to Sierra Leone’s sex workers who are stigmatised by society and suffer unfair treatment at the hands of the legal system" (para 1-3). "Between five and 15 sex workers are arrested every month in Freetown,...more
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"CARE International in cooperation with the Sub-CAW of Vientiane Capital has conducted a study on the risks of abuse and exploitation of service women in Vientiane Capital. It analysed the living situation and the work of service women, accessed the risks of abuse and exploitation of service women and explored post-trauma assistance for service women. The study has used peer support groups to conduct fieldwork. Key findings demonstrate that service women in general are found in beer bars, pubs and entertainment locations. The study links strong correlations to poverty and migration of prospective service women from remote areas" (Pg 23-24).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: CLCW-LAW-2, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-LAW-1, IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-LAW-1, DSFMF-PRACTICE-1

"The observatory claimed that women were prevented from traveling if suspected of prostitution, often based on appearance alone" (page 17).
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).