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Latest items for TRAFF-DATA-1

Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"The National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings concluded in several of her annual reports that the legislation that prohibits the purchase of sexual services functions as an 'effective barrier to the establishment of traffickers in Sweden'. The National Rapporteur estimates that between 400 and 600 women are trafficked into Sweden every year, mainly from Bulgaria and Romania, the Eastern European countries such as Estonia and Lithuania, and from Russia. This number has remained fairly constant during the past several years" (page 8). "Academic research from 2008 shows that the percentage of Swedish men who have bought one or more individuals for the purpose of prostitution has decreased from 13.6% ...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1, CWC-DATA-4, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-2, IRP-DATA-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There were anecdotal reports that [in Panama] Chinese citizens were forced to work in grocery stores and laundries in situations of debt bondage, as well as reports that Nicaraguan and Colombian women were subjected to domestic servitude. According to leaders of the Central General Autonomy for Workers, forced labor continued to be a growing problem, particularly in the commercial sex industry"(29-30)
Dec. 26, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1, CWC-DATA-4, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-2, IRP-DATA-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There were anecdotal reports that [in Panama] Chinese citizens were forced to work in grocery stores and laundries in situations of debt bondage, as well as reports that Nicaraguan and Colombian women were subjected to domestic servitude. According to leaders of the Central General Autonomy for Workers, forced labor continued to be a growing problem, particularly in the commercial sex industry"(29-30)
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Other human rights abuses reported included prolonged pretrial detention, violence against women and children, trafficking in persons"(1)."Other human rights abuses reported included prolonged pretrial detention, violence against women and children, trafficking in persons...and child labor"(1)."The penal code also punishes individuals for selling or negotiating the purchase of sexual favors from persons in prostitution with penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment when the victim is younger than 18. Sex tourism involving children is also punishable. The government did not collect statistics on sex tourism involving children"(18)."There were anecdotal reports that Chinese citizens were forced to work in grocery stores and laundries in situations of debt bondage, as well as reports ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"According to police estimates, between 1,000 and 3,000 foreign women had been trafficked into Israel for purposes of prostitution and worked in 300-400 “brothels” in 2002 (Rabinovitz, 2013A). Beginning from 2007, trafficking in women dropped sharply in light of the struggle led during 2001- 2006 by women’s and human rights organizations, in cooperation with MK Zehava Gal-On, which ultimately led to cooperation with the police, the state attorney’s office, Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services (Safran and Chaikin, 2013)" (para 6).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Almost 20,000 women and children were victims of human trafficking in India in 2016, a rise of nearly 25 percent from the previous year, according to government data. Thousands of people – largely poor and rural – are lured to India's towns and cities each year by traffickers who promise good jobs, but sell them into modern day slavery" (para 7-8).
Dec. 17, 2017, 8:05 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Reports of human trafficking in India increased by 25 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, with more than 40 percent of cases involving children being bought, sold and exploited as modern day slaves, government crime data shows. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said there were 6,877 cases related to human trafficking last year against 5,466 in 2014, with the highest number of cases reported in the northeast state of Assam, followed by West Bengal state. South Asia, with India at its centre, is one of the fastest-growing regions for human trafficking in the world" (para 13-15). Majority of trafficking victims are women, usually involved in force marriage ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Between 2011 and 2014, the number of human trafficking cases rose by at least 11.6 percent over the previous four-year period, according to data released by the Ministry of Public Security at an anti-human trafficking conference in Hanoi on 14 July" (para 2). "The government in 2014 launched a database of trafficking cases, which the US State Department acknowledged in its 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report as a sign of “modest progress”. The IOM’s Priest urged the government to do more to track the problem. “A crucial need exists to increase availability of statistics on this illegal phenomenon,” he told reporters on 14 July. “However, existing data highlights that the ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Between 2006 and 2016, IOM identified 213 victims of trafficking in Slovakia and helped 123 of them to voluntarily return home" (para 9). Because such a large percentage of trafficking victims are women, this information is relevant to the WomanStats database depsite not referencing women directly (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."The Senate committee’s review of the company documents, totaling more than 1.1-million pages, found evidence that Backpage knowingly facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking, according to the report. The business was highly profitable and experienced explosive ...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1

"Young women from Cambodia, the PRC, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as well as other countries in Asia and the Pacific, increasingly migrate to other countries (particularly in the Middle East) to serve as domestic workers, or sometimes as sex workers (especially in Thailand and Malaysia) (Adams and Dickey 1999; Brochmann 1993; Henshall 1999; Mason 1999). Female migrants formed threequarters of those migrating from Sri Lanka, and over half of those migrating from the Philippines in recent years (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development [UNRISD] 2005). They often become part of heavily segmented employment markets (Salazar Parrenas 2001)"(22-23)
Nov. 30, 2017, 12:02 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1

"Young women from Cambodia, the PRC, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as well as other countries in Asia and the Pacific, increasingly migrate to other countries (particularly in the Middle East) to serve as domestic workers, or sometimes as sex workers (especially in Thailand and Malaysia) (Adams and Dickey 1999; Brochmann 1993; Henshall 1999; Mason 1999)"(22)
Nov. 30, 2017, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1

"Young women from Cambodia, the PRC, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as well as other countries in Asia and the Pacific, increasingly migrate to other countries (particularly in the Middle East) to serve as domestic workers, or sometimes as sex workers (especially in Thailand and Malaysia) (Adams and Dickey 1999; Brochmann 1993; Henshall 1999; Mason 1999)"(22)
Nov. 29, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2

"In countries such as Malaysia and Sri Lanka, young women in particular out-migrate to urban centers to work at transnational production sites or free trade zones. Well-documented tensions are often created between the traditional values of the peasant society from which the women originate and the values at industrial sites where they work (Ong 1987)"(22)."Young women from Cambodia, the PRC, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as well as other countries in Asia and the Pacific, increasingly migrate to other countries (particularly in the Middle East) to serve as domestic workers, or sometimes as sex workers (especially in Thailand and Malaysia)"(22)
Nov. 29, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1

"Young women from Cambodia, the PRC, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as well as other countries in Asia and the Pacific, increasingly migrate to other countries (particularly in the Middle East) to serve as domestic workers, or sometimes as sex workers (especially in Thailand and Malaysia) (Adams and Dickey 1999; Brochmann 1993; Henshall 1999; Mason 1999). Female migrants formed threequarters of those migrating from Sri Lanka, and over half of those migrating from the Philippines in recent years (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development [UNRISD] 2005). They often become part of heavily segmented employment markets (Salazar Parrenas 2001)"(22-23)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Angola, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"There were an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 North Korean citizens working as overseas laborers, primarily in Russia and China. The UN Special Rapporteur on the DPRK noted that, while most were sent to Russia and China to work, they were also reportedly found in Algeria, Angola, Cambodia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Numerous NGOs noted that these citizens were in conditions of forced labor"(17).This data does not specifically mention women but if trafficking is occuring, women may be especially vulnerable (ENB-Coder Comment)more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: China, Russia
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"There were an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 North Korean citizens working as overseas laborers, primarily in Russia and China. The UN Special Rapporteur on the DPRK noted that, while most were sent to Russia and China to work, they were also reportedly found in Algeria, Angola, Cambodia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Numerous NGOs noted that these citizens were in conditions of forced labor"(17).This data does not specifically mention women but if trafficking is occuring, women may be especially vulnerable (ENB-Coder Comment)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-DATA-1

"There were reports of female victims of trafficking among refugees and workers crossing the border [from North Korea] into China"(1)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"There were reports of female victims of trafficking among refugees and workers crossing the border into China"(1)."There were reports of trafficking in young girls to destinations outside the country. Little information was available regarding the sexual exploitation of children"(14)."There were an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 North Korean citizens working as overseas laborers, primarily in Russia and China. The UN Special Rapporteur on the DPRK noted that, while most were sent to Russia and China to work, they were also reportedly found in Algeria, Angola, Cambodia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Numerous NGOs noted that these citizens were in ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"This passion for justice and understanding has fueled both Stark's work on the groundbreaking novel 'Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation' and her research for the first-ever study of prostitution and trafficking of indigenous women, titled 'Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota'"(para 2)."A small group of women researchers, Stark among them, spent the next four years working on the project. Its central component includes interviews with 105 Native women in Minnesota who have been sexually trafficked"(para 5)
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1

"Twin quakes in April and May 2015 killed some 9,000 people in the Himalayan nation, leaving many women to fend for themselves in a country where widows face hostility, abuse, discrimination and even enslavement"(para 4)."In 2008, in recognition of the large number of war widows and popular aversion to widow remarriage, the government put forward a scheme to pay men a 50,000 rupee ($460) incentive to marry widows.But widows protested, saying the proposal was open to abuse by traffickers and would turn them into commodities. Nepal’s Supreme Court ordered the government to ditch the initiative"(para 22-23)
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"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
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1

"'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 passports confiscated by pimps"(para 7-8)
Aug. 31, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"The station also discusses human trafficking, a growing problem that particularly affects indigenous women and children, campaigners say. 'The rise of drug trafficking in the region over the last ten years has intensified violence against Miskito women and girls, resulting in human trafficking and increased incidents of rapes and murder,' said Yifat Susskind, head of Madre" (15-16).
Aug. 23, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

“Human trafficking is believed to be the fastest-growing criminal industry in Mexico, and three-quarters of its victims are sexually exploited women and girls, according to Women United Against Trafficking, an activist group” (para 3). “Nearly 380,000 people are believed to be enslaved in Mexico, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index published by rights group Walk Free Foundation” (para 5).
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Over the past six years [Flor Maria] Rigoni has helped nearly 100 migrants, mostly Honduran women and girls [in Mexico], who have been trafficked into sex work. But, frustrated by government officials, he is closing the programme in March"(para 17)
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-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 20, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Almost 20,000 women and children were victims of human trafficking in India in 2016, a rise of nearly 25 percent from the previous year, government data released on Thursday showed. The Ministry of Women and Child Development told parliament that 19,223 women and children were trafficked last year against 15,448 in 2015, with the highest number of victims recorded in the eastern state of West Bengal" (para 1-2). "Figures showed there were 9,104 trafficked children last year -- a 27 percent increase from the previous year. The number of women trafficked rose by 22 percent to 10,119 in 2016. India's West Bengal state - which shares a porous border with ...more
June 2, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Police say there are hundreds of cases like Begum's in Hyderabad's Old City. Young girls from poor neighborhoods, sold [into early marriage] by their parents without their consent, to elderly tourists who come here looking for sex" (p 7)
May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1, IRP-DATA-2

"Songtan is one of as many as 180 camptowns in South Korea today. Within 400 yards of Osan’s main gate, there are some 92 bars—about one every 26 feet. In a 2007 count, there were 21 hotels in the area with rooms by the hour" (p 26)