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Latest items for TRAFF-LAW-1

Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Committee is furthermore concerned about…(b) The fact that the national action plan to combat trafficking (2008–2016) has not yet been renewed; (c) The lack of information on the resources allocated to the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking and on its capacity to coordinate and monitor the action of the Government in combating trafficking" (9).
Feb. 14, 2018, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Legislative Decree No. 24/2014, in March 2014, to implement Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and Council on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims" (2). "The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: ... (b) National action plan against trafficking in and serious exploitation of persons, covering the period 2016-2021, in February 2016" (2). "The Committee welcomes the adoption of the national action plan against trafficking in and serious exploitation of persons, covering the period 2016-2021. It remains concerned, ...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Forcing a women to stay against her will in any location in order to engage in prostitution, or in a brothel, is punishable by up to two years in prison. Using threats, terror, deception or drugs to induce or attempt to induce a female to engage in illicit sexual intercourse in Palestine or abroad is punishable by up to 3 years in prison. Palestine has no laws on child prostitution" (23). "The draft devotes a full chapter to crimes against human dignity, which include the crime of human trafficking, especially the trafficking of women, which is punishable by a sentence of up to life imprisonment depending on the circumstances and ...more
Feb. 7, 2018, noon
Countries: Chile
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Act No. 20507 (2011) on human trafficking, which includes definitions of the offences of trafficking and smuggling of migrants" (2).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, TRAFF-LAW-2

"In principle Swedish jurisdiction covers all crimes abroad that are committed by Swedish citizens or aliens habitually resident in Sweden. However, there is a requirement of double criminality, which means that the act must not be free from criminal liability under the law where the act was committed for there to be Swedish jurisdiction. Swedish law has made exceptions from the requirement for double criminality for, in principle, all sexual crimes against children. In addition, an amendment to the law in 2013 also exempted the purchase of a sexual act from a child from this requirement. On 1 July 2010 the penal provision on human trafficking was altered in order ...more
Feb. 2, 2018, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Further, the law makes it an offense punishable by seven years’ imprisonment to assist a person under 18 in providing commercial sexual services; to receive earnings from commercial sexual services provided by a person younger than 18; or to contract for commercial sexual services from, or be a client of, a person under 18. The law also makes it an offense to deal in individuals younger than 18 for sexual exploitation or engagement in enforced labor. The penalty for a person who enters into an arrangement or takes an action involving a person under 18 for the purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor is 14 years’ imprisonment" (9).more
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the creation of the National Vigilance and Monitoring Committee mandated to coordinate the implementation of the anti-trafficking law. It notes that the State party is a country of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking and notes with concern the lack of information on [...] The number of investigations, prosecutions and the sentences imposed on perpetrators of trafficking in women and girls, and on measures to protect and provide reparations to victims [...] The social and protection services available to women in prostitution, including exit programmes for women wishing to leave prostitution," (6-7).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes...adopting a law criminalizing trafficking in persons" (Pg 14).
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The law also imposes heavy penalties on persons convicted of sexually exploiting persons younger than 18 years, including for pimping, trafficking, and other sexual crimes against children" (40). "Penalties for conviction under the amended anti-TIP laws range from four years to life imprisonment and a fine of 80,000 to 400,000 baht ($2,220 to $11,090). The amended anti-TIP law also provides protection to whistle blowers and gives authoritative power to halt operations temporarily or suspend licenses of businesses and vehicles involved in human trafficking. Nonetheless, the lack of clarity in law and practice on what constitutes forced labor or debt bondage undermined the government’s efforts to identify labor trafficking victims and ...more
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Act No. 26.842 of 19 December 2012, provid[es] for the prevention and punishment of trafficking in persons and assistance to victims" (2). "The Committee notes with concern...The lack of harmonization of provincial and federal legislation criminalizing trafficking in persons for purposes of forced labour and forced prostitution, which causes delays in prosecuting and sentencing traffickers" (8).
Jan. 20, 2018, 3:58 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"In 2003, Nigeria passed its first law prohibiting human trafficking" (para 21).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Belgium, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, South Korea
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The positive direct and normative effects of this legislation have inspired other countries in the European Union and beyond to implement similar laws e.g. Norway and Iceland (2009), South Africa (2007), and South Korea (2003). Consultations on whether to pass legislation that prohibits the purchase of a sexual act or service are presently under way in e.g. France, Belgium, The Republic of Ireland, Finland, Scotland, and Northern Ireland" (page 3).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Swedish laws and policies on prostitution and human trafficking are particularly innovative. They rest firmly on human rights principles such as: Prostitution is a serious barrier to gender equality. Prostitution is a serious problem that is harmful to the prostituted woman or child, but also to society at large. Prostitution is male sexualized violence against women, especially targeting those who are economically, racially or ethnically marginalized/discriminated. Prostitution is incompatible with internationally accepted principles of human rights: the dignity and worth of the human person and the equal rights of men and women. Prostitution is a gender-specific crime; the majority of victims are women and girls, although a number of young ...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-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)."The law prohibits all forms of forced labor of adults or children. The law establishes penalties of 15 to 20 years’ imprisonment for forced labor involving movement (either cross-border or within the country) and six to 10 years’ imprisonment for forced labor not involving movement"(29)
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Some escape to back to Vietnam with help from the authorities. But cracking down on trafficking is no easy matter, as the mountainous terrain of Northern Vietnam makes it difficult to monitor the border" (para 12).
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Some escape to back to Vietnam with help from the authorities. But cracking down on trafficking is no easy matter, as the mountainous terrain of Northern Vietnam makes it difficult to monitor the border" (para 12). "During CNN's trip to the border, the government called and told us the police had just rescued five girls as they were about to cross the border with a trafficker" (para 26).
Dec. 17, 2017, 3:32 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Congress of the Mexican state of Tabasco quietly enacted a ban on surrogacy for foreigners on January 19, 2016" (para 1).
Dec. 17, 2017, 3:32 p.m.
Countries: India, Nepal, Thailand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, ACR-LAW-1

"It follows the closure of surrogacy in Thailand, Nepal, and India" (para 2).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Although the Indian Parliament passed a strong anti-rape law while also making human trafficking, acid attacks and stalking stringently punishable, it hasn’t translated into diminishing crimes against women" (para 9).
Dec. 17, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Although woman’s empowerment has been at the top of Egypt’s priorities during the past decade, with legislative changes and a large number of initiatives – for example, anti-trafficking and anti-harassment laws, and the women’s quota in the Egyptian parliament - still girls and women face enormous challenges in the country" (para 1).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:58 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Indian government is drafting the country's first comprehensive anti-trafficking laws, but some activists say this will not be enough to stop the sale of brides" (para 29).
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, WAM-LAW-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 site [Backpage] has long positioned itself as a champion of online speech freedoms and has relied on the Communications Decency Act of 1996, a federal statute that immunizes website operators from the content of users’ ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, PRN-LAW-1

"Additionally, the law allows for capital punishment in less serious crimes such as theft, destruction of military facilities and national assets, fraud, kidnapping, distribution of pornography, and trafficking in persons"(1)
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The definition of sex trafficking in US federal law equates trafficking and pimping, as it describes the activities that pimps engage in. There is no requirement of force, fraud or coercion"(para 9)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:07 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Written by a group of lawmakers from both right and left and backed by the Socialist government, the legislation [which bans buying sex, not selling it] has been inspired by Sweden, which passed a similar measure in 1999"(para 12)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:07 p.m.
Countries: Iceland, Norway
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Written by a group of lawmakers from both right and left and backed by the Socialist government, the legislation [which bans buying sex, not selling it] has been inspired by Sweden, which passed a similar measure in 1999. Norway and Iceland also followed the Swedish model"(para 12)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"French lawmakers approved a bill against prostitution and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers will face fines and be made to attend awareness classes on the harms of the sex trade. The legislation, which passed 64-12 in the parliament's lower house, the National Assembly, makes French law one of the toughest against sex buyers in Europe. Prostitution in itself is legal in France — though brothels, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal"(para 1-2)."The new measure does away with a 2003 law that banned passive soliciting by sex workers on the street and thus put the legal onus on prostitutes. This new bill ...more
Aug. 23, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

“Under a 2012 anti-trafficking law, those convicted of the crime can spend up to 30 years in prison” (para 4).
Aug. 21, 2017, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

“Commercial surrogacy is now against the law. Indian women can no longer be rented as breeders and exploited like cattle for the wealthy. Children can no longer be made-to-order commodities for purchase on the international market. This alone is cause for celebration” (para 2). “International surrogacy is prohibited and must be brought to an abrupt halt. Under the new law, only Indian citizens may avail themselves of surrogacy in the country” (para 3). “The number of women who may be used as surrogates is vastly curtailed. The law mandates that only close relatives of intended parents may act as surrogates” (para 4). “Only people with medically diagnosed infertility can use ...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Mexico says it has taken important steps to tackle human trafficking, including a 2012 law that punishes those convicted of the crime to up to 40 years in prison and a free hotline"(para 20)