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Latest items for IRP-PRACTICE-1

April 18, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Deteriorating economic circumstances led to an increasing number of adolescent boys and girls entering prostitution to support family or to pay for education. One NGO reported commercial sexual exploitation of children as young as 14. While not marked as a destination for child sex tourism, cases were reported of tourists involved in sexual exploitation of children. There were also reported cases of parents forcing their young children into prostitution" (14).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"A study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in 2012 showed that most girls who had dropped out or never been to school lived in difficult conditions in which they were unable to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, health services, information and housing. Some of these girls resorted to clandestine or professional prostitution... There were several different ways these girls had entered into prostitution. In fact, 46.6 per cent had entered voluntarily, 40.7 per cent had been encouraged and 5.8 per cent had been forced to do so" (23).
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The labor ministry assisted women involved in prostitution, including providing emergency shelters, daytime centers, and therapeutic hostels" (36).
April 9, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"(f) The insufficient efforts to prevent trafficking and the exploitation of women and girls in prostitution and to address its root causes (g) The potentially increased risk to the security and health of women in prostitution, in particular indigenous women, brought about by the criminalization of prostitution under certain circumstances as provided for in the new legislation" (11).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"According to NGO activists, men who have sex with men were discouraged from seeking antiretroviral treatment, since treatment exposed the fact that these individuals had the virus, while sex workers were afraid to appear in the official system due to threats from law enforcement bodies" (57).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.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 Dzaleka Camp" (para 63).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and authorities generally enforced the law, although girls continued to be exploited in prostitution in exchange for money, food, and school fees. Additionally, sex in exchange for grades was a pervasive problem in secondary schools, with many teachers forcing female students to exchange sexual favors for passing grades" (26).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"In refugee communities, some families reportedly prostituted young women and girls due to economic desperation" (para 215).
March 21, 2019, 3:11 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs reported that prostitution of girls under the age of 18 remained a problem. NGOs strongly criticized the frequent practice of charging juveniles (children between the age of 14 and 18) for petty offenses and blaming the children for 'prostituting themselves.' Authorities sanctioned 78 minors for prostitution petty offenses through October 30. In 2014 courts convicted 272 children (of whom 271 were girls) under 18 for prostitution. Most of the children convicted for prostitution received a warning or a fine, but courts sentenced 53 girls to imprisonment" (38).
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the unintended consequences of the criminalization, since 2009, of the purchase of sexual activity or a sexual act from adults, in particular the higher risk for the personal safety and physical integrity of women in prostitution, as reflected in the low reporting rate of physical and sexual violence, exploitation and harassment, and the risk of their being evicted from their premises when used for prostitution. The Committee is further concerned that an evaluation conducted in 2014 of the effects of the introduction of the Nordic model in the State party has not been followed up with the formulation of new policies for the protection of...more
March 11, 2019, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"'We had girls staggering into moving traffic with no socks and shoes on when it was snowing, in an absolute blind state from drugs,” she said. “It’s so distressing for parents and children to see that on the school run in the morning'. Not that Ms Bentley-Smith feels anything but compassion for the 'enslaved' prostitutes and disdain for the men exploiting them" (para 3-4). Shows inconformity and unacceptance with prostitution (CCS-CODER COMMENT). "In Leeds, as elsewhere, the statistics speak for themselves: complaints of rapes and sexual assaults have doubled in Holbeck and Beeston and rates of gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia are up in Leeds, as is the prevalence of HIV....more
March 11, 2019, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Jurgen Rudloff, a smart-suited media-friendly father of four teenage children and owner of the Paradise brothel in Stuttgart, was ostensibly the clean face of German prostitution. He boasted his women were 'independent entrepreneurs' working in a venue with bars, sauna, restaurant and in-house gynaecologist. In March, however, he appeared in court with three of his colleagues accused of human trafficking, exploiting prostitutes, pimping and fraud. Prosecutors say he used two gangs – Hells Angels and United Tribuns – to procure women for his brothels. Some of the women were allegedly deprived of all their earnings by pimps. Those that tried to escape were beaten and threatened. Several were tattooed with...more
March 11, 2019, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"It is a battle that is now raging in cities across the world where similar attempts to decriminalise or legalise prostitution are foundering because of their failure to stem violence, drugs and sexual diseases. Communities in countries as diverse as New Zealand, Holland, Germany and Bangladesh have all been affected" (para 6).
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"A 2015 report by the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Peace estimates that 125,000 Swiss men – about one in 20 – regularly purchase sex. The market is worth 1 billion Swiss francs (£770 million) a year" (14). "'We don’t have sex with the trafficked ones, just the ones that want to be there,' was the reply. 'How do you know whether they are trafficked?' Jay persisted. 'We ask them,' he said. There was another incident when several colleagues visited a brothel en masse. 'They were bragging that five of them had sex with one woman in this place, and that she could not speak any English. When they...more
March 11, 2019, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: France, Sweden
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Ursula Nakamura-Stoecklin, a retired medical professional and advocate for women caught in the Swiss sex trade, says the experience of countries like Sweden, France and Northern Ireland which have adopted the so called ‘Nordic model’ for the regulation of prostitution is proving influential. Under the Nordic model, selling sex remains legal to ensure the women involved are not criminalised but the act of purchasing sex is made illegal. It switches the balance of power to the women and makes it more difficult for gangs and pimps to operate. Since its introduction in Sweden in 1999, the incidence of trafficking and violence against women has fallen sharply" (para 33-34).more
March 8, 2019, 7:31 a.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"'In Ulaanbaatar there is violence (against prostitutes) – from families and from working people – but inside the mining area everyone comes for the same goal: making money, and they don’t judge one another,' said Sorbonne University Ethnology Professor Gaëlle Lacaze" (para. 10).
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).
Feb. 28, 2019, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The Sissi regime has unleashed and empowered the so-called ‘morality police’ to an unprecedented extent, targeting sex workers and the LGBT community" (para. 38).
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:57 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"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). "The police are paid approximately 10,000 taka [£87.50] for every license (for brothels) they process" (para. 15).
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

"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

"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).