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

"There were nearly 35,000 migrant workers in the country, mainly from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, and Madagascar. Additionally, Malagasy women reportedly transited the country while traveling to other countries, where employers subjected them to forced labor conditions" (para 85).
Feb. 12, 2019, 8:23 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Some of the most important achievements in the period 2008-2010 were: (d) In 2008, the National Institute for Migration distributed 4593 copies of the migrants’ passbook and 4594 copies of the preventive guide for migrant women" (78). This is referring to the State of Chihuahua (CCS-CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor, but forced labor occurred. The law prohibits the contractual use of persons without their consent, and penalties include a fine and hard labor. Penalties increase to 20 years’ imprisonment if a person under age 15 is involved. According to NGOs the judiciary was reluctant to act in forced labor cases. The government made little effort during the year to prevent or eliminate forced labor. Following a September 2014 national conference on the artisanal mining sector, the government launched a commission that met twice monthly to craft measures to combat better violations in the sector, including forced labor. Most adult forced...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Families living in the interior sometimes sent young women and children to stay with relatives in Monrovia or other cities with the promise that the relatives would assist the women and children to pursue educational or other opportunities. In some instances these women and children were forced to work as street vendors, domestic servants, or beggars. Young women and children also were subject to forced labor on rubber plantations and in gold mines, rock-crushing quarries, and alluvial diamond mines. Forced labor continued despite efforts by NGOs and other organizations to eliminate the practice" (Pg 24).
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"It nevertheless remains concerned about: (e) The lack of information about the workplace inspections of private households to monitor working conditions of women domestic workers, including migrant workers" (9). "The Committee notes that male and female asylum seekers are entitled to work in the State party after having been recognized as such. Nevertheless, it is concerned at: (a) Intersecting forms of discrimination against migrant women, in particular those in an irregular situation" (12).
Jan. 23, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Jonalyn left her home in the Philippines and traveled to the Middle East to work as a domestic worker for a family in Lebanon. For nearly a year, Jonalyn suffered severe psychological and physical torture at the hands of her employers. She was imprisoned in solitary confinement for 10 days and was threatened constantly with death. She endured both physical and sexual abuse. Her employer poured chlorine-based detergent over Jonalyn’s body and open wounds, and subjected her to electric shocks using a stun-gun. Jonalyn eventually came into contact with the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center (CLMC), an organisation that runs a safe house for migrant workers who have suffered abuse by...more
Jan. 23, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Jonalyn left her home in the Philippines and traveled to the Middle East to work as a domestic worker for a family in Lebanon. For nearly a year, Jonalyn suffered severe psychological and physical torture at the hands of her employers. She was imprisoned in solitary confinement for 10 days and was threatened constantly with death. She endured both physical and sexual abuse. Her employer poured chlorine-based detergent over Jonalyn’s body and open wounds, and subjected her to electric shocks using a stun-gun. Jonalyn eventually came into contact with the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center (CLMC), an organisation that runs a safe house for migrant workers who have suffered abuse by...more
Jan. 23, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso, France
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Diane is a 30-year-old woman from Burkina Faso who was kept for two years as a domestic slave in the Paris apartment of an affluent family from West Africa, after having been trafficked from her home country to France. She was not free to go out of the flat, except to take the family’s children to school, and was only given leftovers to eat. She was insulted and threatened on a regular basis. After two years of this treatment Diane eventually drew up the courage to escape from the house while running an errand for her employers. A few days later she came into contact with CCEM, an NGO in...more
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Trafficking in Persons Act (2011) and the establishment of a counter-trafficking unit, but is concerned that the State party remains a source, transit and destination country for trafficking. The Committee is particularly concerned at: (a) The prevalence of trafficking in women and girls for purposes of labour and sexual exploitation" (page 7).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Trafficking remains prevalent in Burma and Burma remains 'a source country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and for women and children subjected to sex trafficking.'" (page 7).
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The government did not effectively enforce applicable laws against forced labor, and such practices continued to occur, particularly forced child labor, including forced begging by children in Quranic schools (see sections 6 and 7.c.). Some children in these schools (“daaras”) were kept in conditions of servitude, being forced to work daily, generally in street begging, and had to meet a daily quota for money (or sometimes sugar or rice) to their teachers. Despite some increased effort, enforcement and awareness of antitrafficking and forced labor laws remained poor across sectors. There were no public data on arrests, prosecutions, or convictions for forced begging. There were no reports of victims being removed...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2

"Foreign migrant workers, particularly construction workers, security guards, cleaners, handymen, and domestic workers, were subjected to forced labor, confiscation of travel and identity documents, restrictions on movement and communications, physical abuse, sexual harassment and rape, withholding of wages, and forced overtime. There were cases of employers withholding travel documents, stopping payment on contracts, and preventing foreign employees from leaving the work site" (para 295)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The migration of young women out of Benin City began in the nineteen-eighties, when Edo women—fed up with repression, domestic chores, and a lack of economic opportunities—travelled to Europe by airplane, with fake documents. Many ended up doing sex work on the streets of major cities—London, Paris, Madrid, Athens, Rome" (para 18).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, CWC-DATA-2

"Unscrupulous employers subjected women from rural communities and impoverished urban centers to domestic servitude, forced begging, and forced labor in small factories" (37-38).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned: ...That most women in the agricultural and informal sectors, older women and minority women have limited access to full social protection and have limited access to training opportunities and financial resources, such as formal credits through bank loans, income and pension and social security schemes, compared with men" (11).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Thousands of persons were subjected to conditions of forced labor, mainly in mining, forestry, agriculture, brick making, and domestic service...women were most often found working under conditions of domestic servitude" (29-30).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Many boys worked as vendors, and young girls in urban areas often worked outside of their families as domestic servants, receiving low or no wages" (26).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Reports indicated that persons recruited girls in rural areas for domestic labor and then forced them into domestic servitude" (20).
Aug. 28, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"[The Committee] notes with concern that girls are exposed to exploitative child labour, including domestic work and begging" (page 10).
Aug. 24, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The State party remains a source country for trafficking in persons, in particular women and girls, for purposes of sexual and labour exploitation. The Committee is particularly concerned: (a) That women and girls continue to be trafficked to neighbouring and other countries for sexual and labour exploitation" (page 9).
Aug. 20, 2018, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"In addition, the State party has a large proportion of its population working abroad as migrant workers, many of them women" (page 3).
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The State party being both a transit and a destination country for trafficking in persons, especially women and girls" (page 8).
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1

"[The Committee] is, however, concerned at: (a) The persistence of trafficking in and sexual exploitation of women and girls in the country, and reports of trafficking in girls for domestic work and sexual exploitation" (page 8).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and has one of the highest rates of immigration in the world. Almost one in four people in New Zealand was born overseas. In 2014/15 women were issued 50 per cent of New Zealand residence approvals (permanent migrants), 44 per cent of work visas and 43 per cent of student visas . . . The aged care sector . . . has a particularly high proportion of migrant women workers" (page 8).
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Girls, especially, are exploited in the practice known as restavèk whereby children live in servitude in private households, and where they are systematically deprived of family affection and their right to education, subjected to forced labour, exploited without being paid, and exposed to physical, sexual and verbale abuse" (11-12).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned at the precarious working conditions of women domestic workers, including women migrant workers abroad, and their heightened risk of being exposed to abuse and trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation. The Committee is also concerned that women and girls migrating abroad are often victimized by fraudulent recruitment agencies and brokers and face barriers in filing complaints and gaining access to justice. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Ratify the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), of the International Labour Organization; (b) Ensure that women domestic workers, including women migrant workers, have access to social protection and other employment -related benefits; (c) Effectively regulate and...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, CWC-DATA-4, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Child Care and Protection Act of 2015, which contains a chapter on combating trafficking in children; the inclusion of human trafficking among the 12 areas of focus in the revised National Gender Policy; and the use of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act of 2004 to combat trafficking in human beings as well as in the first criminal conviction in 2015 involving a case of human trafficking. The Committee is concerned, however, that the State party remains a source and destination country for trafficking in human beings, in particular women and girls, mainly for purposes of forced labour and sexual exploitation. The Committee...more
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-LAW-3, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-4, IRP-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-2

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of Law No. 2005-06 of 10 May 2005 on combating trafficking in persons and similar practices and the protection of victims and of a national plan to combat trafficking in persons, in particular women and children, in 2009. It is concerned, however, about: (a) The absence of a clear definition of trafficking in persons in the national legislative framework; (b) The lack of data on the extent of trafficking in women and girls to, from and transiting through the State party; (c) Cases of trafficking of women and girls who are domestic workers, 'Internet brides' and women and girls subjected to forced labour, sexual exploitation,...more
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-4, IRP-LAW-2

"While welcoming the adoption of the People Trafficking and People Smuggling (Prohibition) Act in 2009, the Committee remains concerned that the State party is a country of origin, transit and destination for trafficked women and girls, mainly for sexual exploitation and domestic labour. The Committee is also concerned at the lack of data on the extent of trafficking in persons and at the absence of specific programmes to raise awareness of the existence of a national referral mechanism on human trafficking in the State party. It is further concerned that the prohibition of prostitution under the Crimes Act does not criminalize the demand for prostitution. The Committee is also concerned...more
March 13, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Since 2012, exploitation of women or girls in households has increased, particularly within the au pair system. Among au pairs believed to have been exploited, exploitation was in the form of forced labour. Reports concerning au pairs subjected to forced labour have increased. The system is controversial, partly due to claims that Norwegian families abuse the system to acquire underpaid domestic help, particularly from the Philippines" (12-13).