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Latest items for IRP-PRACTICE-4

Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The initiative to criminalize the men who buy sexual services originally came from the Swedish women’s movement, and was carried forward by the women’s associations of the political parties. Feminists, including women with experience of prostitution, analyzed women’s position in society and how men, through the exercise of power through violence against women ensured that the subordinate position of women was maintained, including by men using some women and children, mostly girls, for prostitution purposes" (page 1). "The Special Inquiry consulted with women and men involved in prostitution, women and men who have had experiences of prostitution, the police and prosecutions services, social workers, civil society, women’s, human rights and ...more
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"The Pacific Links Foundation runs a shelter for trafficking victims in the city of Lao Cai, northern Vietnam. The young women stay for an average of two to three years. They go to school or get vocational training. They do art therapy. They learn to cook and sew and keep a big garden. Surrounded by other woman with similar experiences, the shelter helps them get back on their feet and then to find jobs to support themselves. 'Once that whole investment process can happen with these young women then it is much easier for them to have their own lives,' says Diep" (para 21-22).
Oct. 26, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: United States

"92 percent wanted to escape prostitution"(para 9). This result is from a study of 105 Native women in Minnesota who have been sexually trafficked (ENB-Coder Comment)."'Garden of Truth' researchers hope that the report, in addition to providing essential information on a largely ignored problem, will lead to the creation of culturally specific treatment for sexually exploited Native women"(para 11)
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"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: France

"The convicted client will be obliged to attend classes highlighting the dangers associated with prostitution. The measure will also make it easier for foreign prostitutes — many currently illegally in France — to acquire a temporary residence permit if they enter a process to get out of the prostitution business"(para 5)."'The most important aspect of this law is to accompany prostitutes, give them identity papers because we know that 85 percent of prostitutes here are victims of trafficking,' Maud Olivier, a lawmaker with the governing Socialists and a sponsor of the legislation, told The Associated Press. Olivier said that many of the sex workers who arrive in France have their ...more
Feb. 10, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"...although women engaged in prostitution have access to health-care services, there are no data regarding programmes aimed at addressing prostitution, including exit programmes for women who wish to leave prostitution" (6)
Jan. 27, 2017, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: France

"foreign sex workers actively trying to get out of prostitution can be given a six-month residential permit and state funding to prevent prostitution" (para 4).
Jan. 11, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"During the year raids on brothels rescued underage girls trafficked for prostitution" (23).
Jan. 10, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"Collect statistical data on the extent and magnitude of prostitution and undertake a study to assess the root causes of this phenomenon, and ensure access to health-care facilities to women in prostitution, and a safe exit strategy for those who wish to leave;" (7)
Jan. 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Countries: Brazil

“In April 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, police raided sex venues supposedly to rid the city of illegal activities such as pimping and child prostitution in the period preceding the 2014 soccer World Cup. While prostitution is legal, the NGOs Observatorio de Prostituicao and Justica Global alleged the police acted without warrants, beat prostitutes, stole money, demanded sexual services, gang-raped women, and retaliated against the women who reported their actions, including abducting one of the women and threatening her family; investigations continued at year’s end” (3).
Aug. 23, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4, IRP-LAW-2

"Prostitution has been criminalized after a joint effort by the Catholic Church and the Government. Sometimes security personnel provide protection to women. However, they also sometimes use their power to force women into prostitution and have sexual relations" (15). "The society, the State, (in particular, the government) and the Catholic Church marginalizes sex work and does not provide any social protection or legal recognition for sex workers" (52).
June 10, 2016, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"Besides legislative measures, target group-specific advice and counselling are important when supporting those involved in prostitution and the victims of human trafficking. Therefore, Germany has been promoting a model project since 2009 to support those wishing to drop out of prostitution, which is being conducted at various locations. The results of the academic support, expected to be published in autumn 2015, will provide valuable insights into what kind of support this specific target group needs that can be provided by the Länder and municipalities. A number of advice centres across Germany with different specializations are geared to the psychosocial or health needs of people working in prostitution. Responsibility for the ...more
May 28, 2016, 6:59 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"It should be mentioned that rehabilitation centres operate for both minors and adult women engaged in prostitution in the Republic of Armenia" (18). "The Police of the Republic of Armenia closely co-operates with non-governmental organisations that deal with women’s issues, i.e. issues related to their reintegration and rehabilitation. Psychologists, social workers work with women engaged in prostitution, they are offered jobs, and provided with necessary services. Police officers of the Republic of Armenia carry out daily preventive works in this connection" (18).
May 25, 2016, 10:46 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Committee is further concerned at the various forms of discrimination and criminal sanctions faced by women in prostitution and at the insufficient programmes for women wishing to leave prostitution" (6).
May 25, 2016, 8:07 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"Since the establishment of the anti-prostitution act, victim support organizations have been launched in an effort to provide on-site counselling, emergency rescue, legal and medical support, and vocational training to help victims escape from prostitution and prevent their re-entry into the sex industry (Table 17). In order to combat adolescent prostitution in particular, one main centre and ten regional centres were designated in 2011 for the provision of customized education on medical, legal, and rehabilitation support, as well as case management of prostituted adolescent victims. In 2012, a total of 355 adolescents received such education (Table 18). This education is offered in differentiated focused streams, such as medical/legal information, schooling, ...more
May 23, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"While the Committee notes that the Comprehensive Organic Criminal Code punishes trafficking and sexual exploitation, it notes with concern: e) The absence of disaggregated information on women in prostitution and on exit programmes for women who wish to leave prostitution" (8)
May 19, 2016, 11 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of Act No. 2011/024 of 14 December 2011 against trafficking in and smuggling of persons, the establishment in 2011 of an inter- ministerial committee to combat trafficking in persons, the development of a governmental action plan on human trafficking and various measures undertaken for the protection and rehabilitation of women and girls who are victims of trafficking. The Committee is concerned, however, about...the absence of comprehensive measures to address the issue of prostitution, including measures to discourage the demand for prostitution; the lack of exit programmes, as well as of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for women wishing to leave prostitution; and the criminalization of women ...more
April 19, 2016, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Turkey

"There are 86 shelters for victims of violence against women in Turkey. 55 of them are NGO shelters; 31 are run by local government" (40).
April 4, 2016, 7:21 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Plan for the Rehabilitation and Treatment of Women and Girls Engaged in Prostitution in order to Assist Them in Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Prostitution is aimed toward reducing and preventing prostitution throughout Israeli society as well as rehabilitating and assisting women who survived prostitution. The plan further aims to break the cycle of exploitation and social exclusion of these women, to assist them in regaining self esteem, trust and control over their lives. In addition, the plan provides emergency and continuous treatment to women who engage in prostitution. The plan integrates several elements: measures to provide immediate assistance including a national hotline to provide initial relief for these ...more
March 3, 2016, 11:33 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Committee notes that some steps were taken by the State party to address the situation of “comfort women” but regrets the State party’s failure to find a lasting solution for the situation of “comfort women” victimized during the Second World War and expresses concern at the deletion of references to this issue in school textbooks" (8). "While welcoming the efforts undertaken by the State party to combat human trafficking, such as its establishment of the Anonymous Reporting Model Project, the Committee remains concerned about the persistence of trafficking in women and girls, the exploitation of prostitution, and the lack of measures aimed at rehabilitating women victims of trafficking. While ...more
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

""The government of Ukraine does not implement specific reintegration policies to assist former prostitutes and sex workers, male or female. Most stay in the sex industry because they are not aware of other options for their lives. The post-Soviet economy since 1991 has made prostitution as a business very appealing to young people now - it is an easy way to for a woman here to have even a fairly comfortable life; it pays well. It is easier for them than finding a career. Unfortuantely, NGOs, while growing in number in Ukraine, do not have many resources or policies to help these women reintegrate either. Right now, raising awareness is ...more
Feb. 24, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"Shelter for women seeking to leave prostitution or in need of support is insufficient. In Sweden there are only three municipal prostitution groups and these offer only advice, no shelter" (18)
Feb. 18, 2016, 4:31 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"Prostitutes are subject to particular attention from the Government for reasons related to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They receive free routine screening, in addition to preventive supplies and, where necessary, treatment. Given the causes of prostitution, the Government is working to improve the lives of prostitutes by finding them other gainful employment allowing them to lead a life of dignity" (73)
Jan. 23, 2016, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Federal Government took several measures on prostitution, including the establishment of the National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC), which intervenes at a preventive stage, and has projects to assist persons exiting the sex industry. The Government of British Columbia developed the Bridging Employment Program, which provides services to assist women victims of violence and/or abuse and women leaving the sex trade, in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Duncan and Burnaby. The Vancouver Police Department participates in the Sister Watch project aimed at improving safety of marginalised women in Vancouver Downtown Eastside. The RCMP in Winnipeg developed the Exploited Persons Proactive Strategy (EPPS), as part of the Project Devote, to help to minimize ...more
Jan. 15, 2016, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

" That State recovery and reintegration measures are limited to victims of trafficking and do not adequately take into account the needs of women and girls exploited in pornography and girls who are victims of sale and prostitution" (7)
Jan. 14, 2016, 8:50 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"While recalling the adoption in 2004 of Act No. 09/04 on preventing and combating trafficking in children, the Committee is concerned about:...(d) The lack of targeted programmes to encourage women engaged in prostitution who are exposed to discrimination and exploitation to leave prostitution" (7)
Jan. 14, 2016, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

" That State recovery and reintegration measures are limited to victims of trafficking and do not adequately take into account the needs of women and girls exploited in pornography and girls who are victims of sale and prostitution" (7)
Jan. 13, 2016, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu

"The government has been working with Wan Smol Bag (WSB), an NGO in Vanuatu which has been operating the Kam Pusem Hed (KPH) clinic in Port Vila which offers reproductive health services and counselling. One of the KPH programs is peer education which includes working on awareness program with female sex workers, men who have sex with men (msm’s), and seafarers. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been entered into between WSB and the government through the MoH for the latter provide free medicines, laboratory testing and equipment sterilization to KPH clinic. According to WSB 2010 annual report, during its KPH-based peer education held in Port Vila, there were 90 ...more
Jan. 11, 2016, 12:02 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Committee is also concerned about the absence of information on the impact of existing rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for women wishing to leave prostitution" (8)
Jan. 7, 2016, 6:32 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"It is also concerned about the lack of data on trafficking and women in prostitution, the sexual exploitation of girls in logging areas and through pornography, the use of the bride-price system to allow temporary marriages of girls to foreign workers and the fact that sex tourism is not criminalized. The Committee is further concerned about the limited assistance available to women and girls who are victims of trafficking, the criminalization of women in prostitution and the absence of reintegration programmes for women who wish to leave prostitution" (9)