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Latest items for IRP-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Prostitution in itself is legal in France — though brothels, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal"(para 2)
Sept. 1, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Hundreds of under-age Egyptian girls enter temporary marriages with rich tourists from the Persian Gulf during the summer in return for money for their families. These unions – dubbed summer marriages – are not legally binding and end when the foreigners return to their own countries" (para 1). "It was a summer′s day in 2008 when someone knocked at the door. Howeida was 15 years old at the time. A man stood in the doorway. He spoke briefly to her father and her step-mother. Then the matter was settled: Howeida would be married to a man from Saudi Arabia for a sum of around 1750 euros. The 'marriage' lasted a ...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Flor Maria Rigoni, an Italian priest who founded the shelter two decades ago, helps migrants and those who have been rescued from prostitution rings run by organised criminal gangs.The shelter provides weekly talks about the tactics that traffickers use to dupe their victims"(para 12-13)."Blanca, 45, who fled gang violence in Honduras [and now lives in Mexico], says working as a prostitute is the only way she can survive.'I can't get work anywhere else because I don't have the proper paperwork,' Blanca, who declined to give her full name, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.'If I don't work my kids don't eat and I can't send money back home to my family,' ...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"From morning to night, Mexican banda music blares out from the dingy bars in Mexico's southern border city of Tapachula where thousands of Central American women sell sex to fund their dream of reaching the United States.Rights groups estimate 30,000 migrants, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, are working in bars in shopping streets and red light districts in the bustling city near the Guatemala border that has become a trafficking hotspot"(para 1-2)."'Migrants are ideal victims for trafficking and prostitution because at one stage they have needs, a need to survive, a need to earn money,' said Elsa Simon, a women's rights activist.'A female migrant is the most vulnerable. ...more
July 5, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

¨Ruth Campion, a flight attendant, testified that she felt ´prostituted´ when ordered to wear heels, skirts and makeup¨(para 17)
June 5, 2017, 8:39 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"A parallel campaign is ongoing in the Irish Republic to introduce a similar bill to Morrow’s [of Northern Ireland], which would outlaw the purchase of sex south of the border" (para 8).
June 5, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-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. It had been ...more
May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"After the signing of the 1953 Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty (still the legal foundation for U.S. troops’ access to U.S. and Korean bases), camptowns boomed. In the 1950s alone, 18 new camptowns were created...By 1958, there were an estimated 300,000 sex workers in a country with an entire population of just 22 million. More than half worked in camptowns. In the middle of downtown Seoul, where the Army occupied the 640-acre Yongsan Garrison originally built by Japanese colonizers, the Itaewon neighborhood filled with bars and brothels. GIs named it ‘Hooker Hill’" (p 7)
May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"‘Cohabitating marriage,’ resembling European-style colonial concubinage, also became popular. ‘Many men have their steadies,’ commented one military chaplain. ‘Some of them own their girls, complete with hooch [small house] and furniture. Before leaving Korea, they sell the package to a man who is just coming in.’...In 1965, 85 percent of GIs surveyed reported having ‘been with’ or ‘been out with’ a prostitute" (p 8-9)
May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Since the mid-1990s, the dramatic growth in the South Korean economy has largely allowed Korean women to escape the exploitative conditions of the camptown bars and clubs (large numbers remain in higher-end prostitution for Korean customers). Filipinas and, to a lesser extent, women from Russia and former Soviet republics have generally replaced Korean women as the primary camptown sex workers. The South Korean government’s creation of the E-6 ‘entertainer’ visa has allowed Korean ‘promoters’ to import the women on a legal basis. The E-6 visa is the only Korean visa for which an HIV test is mandatory; venereal disease tests are required every three months. Over 90 percent of women ...more
May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"[After World War II,] The policy became ‘hands off Korean women’—but this did not include women in brothels, dance halls and those working the streets. Instead, with venereal disease and other communicable infections widespread, the U.S. military government created a VD Control Section that instituted regular inspections and treatment for “entertaining girls.” This category included licensed prostitutes, dancers, “bar girls” and waitresses. Between May 1947 and July 1948, medical personnel examined almost 15,000 women." (p 4)
May 5, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports that persons exploited Romani children in some settlements for commercial sex. NGOs reported that family members or other Roma exploited Romani victims, including children with disabilities" (31).
March 24, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, PRN-PRACTICE-1, PRN-LAW-1

"Recruitment of children for sexual exploitation, pornography, and illicit activities is illegal, but the UN reported that armed gangs recruited children as young as 10 years old for such purposes" (29).
March 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The commercial sexual exploitation of children, including child sex tourism, remained a problem, with credible reports of child sex tourism in Antigua, Guatemala City, and the department of Solola" (19). "In April authorities arrested two individuals for allegedly running a network of bars and restaurants in Peten and Jutiapa that recruited minors to work as waiters and cooks but instead subjected them to commercial sexual exploitation" (19).
March 14, 2017, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Aniva is known in Malawi as a 'hyena' man — someone hired by families to have sex with girls after their first menstruation. Aniva told the BBC he was HIV-positive and had not disclosed this information to the families who hired him. He is one of 10 hyenas in the Nsanje district, where he lives, and is paid from $4 to $7 each time, reported the BBC" (para 2).
March 9, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The women who participated in the study reported that they had not engaged in such exchanges before the earthquake, and they did not identify themselves as “occasional commercial sex workers.”41 Instead, survival sex appears to be a new coping mechanism that is driven by the breakdown of family and community structures, the loss of associated protection and safety nets, and poor economic opportunity" (10-11). "Most aid distribution has stopped and very few jobs are available. Women and girls report that their only option is to sell their bodies to survive. Even for women who have been able to find work in the informal sector, such as cleaning houses, the income ...more
March 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Children were often forced to support themselves to survive, contributing to both the incidence of child prostitution and the school dropout rate. Girls were among the most vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation while living on the streets" (17).
March 7, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Local NGOs believed that criminals exploited children, who were often seeking to support their families, in prostitution in some brothels, and that tourists staying in remote guesthouses and motels were involved in the sexual exploitation of children" (23).
March 1, 2017, 12:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"It is an offense for a householder or innkeeper to allow commercial sexual exploitation of children in his or her premises, but there were no known prosecutions or convictions for such offenses during the year" (19).
Feb. 27, 2017, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Girls as young as age 11 reportedly were recruited to work in brothels. Customers often sought these girls because they believed them to be free of sexually transmitted diseases" (31).
Feb. 23, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Child prostitution is illegal, but underage girls engaged in prostitution, particularly in urban centers such as Malabo and Bata, where oil and construction industries created demand for cheap labor and commercial sexual exploitation" (25).
Feb. 15, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Despite government efforts to keep at-risk children off the streets and warn businesses against permitting children to enter bars and clubs, there were reports of child prostitution on the streets and in brothels. Children were subjected to commercial sexual exploitation after reaching Djibouti City or the Ethiopia Djibouti trucking corridor. Occasionally, child prostitution occurred with the involvement of a third party, most frequently an older child or group of older children" (21).
Feb. 15, 2017, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The commercial sexual exploitation of children generally occurred in tourist locations and major urban areas...The Ministry of Labor continued a program to combat exploitation in popular tourist destinations such as Boca Chica, Sosua, and Las Terrenas" (32). "The commercial sexual exploitation of children remained a problem, especially in popular tourist destinations and urban areas" (43).
Feb. 9, 2017, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"With no income or possessions, widows forced out of their homes are vulnerable to rape and may resort to selling sex to survive, putting them at greater risk of HIV, experts say" (para 18).
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"'In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it's traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a 'hyena' once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual 'cleansing'" (para 1). "Aniva is by all accounts the pre-eminent 'hyena' in this village. It's a traditional title given to a man hired by communities in several remote parts of southern Malawi to provide what's called sexual 'cleansing'" (para 3). "He tells me he's one of 10 hyenas in this community, and that every village in Nsanje district has them. They are paid from ...more
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"And if [being married as a child] is not bad enough, some widows are driven out of their homes, burnt alive, or murdered in some other way. Some are driven into prostitution" (para 19)
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The women [widows] often live in acute poverty and are ostracised by society due to various superstitions - even the shadow of a widow can wreak havoc and bring bad luck, people believe. Lack of education and any source of income forces them to beg on streets and many turn to prostitution for survival" (para 7).
Jan. 11, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Some children engaged in prostitution for survival" (23).
Jan. 10, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Lastly, the Committee is concerned about the lack of information on prostitution that is prevalent in the State party due mainly to poverty" (7)
Jan. 9, 2017, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"While little evidence existed of large-scale child prostitution, older women offered vulnerable younger girls room and board within their homes under the guise of benevolence and in some cases forced them into prostitution to pay for living expenses. Brothels were located in poorer areas of Bujumbura, along the lake, and on trucking routes. Extended family members sometimes also financially profited from the prostitution of young relatives residing with them. Businesses recruited local girls for prostitution in Bujumbura and nearby countries" (34). "The country was a destination for child sex tourism. Although authorities reported no cases during the year, there were reports in past years that male tourists from the Middle ...more