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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)
July 31, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, ACR-LAW-1

"If the vials' contents are confirmed to be semen, Nithinon could face up to three years in prison for violating Thailand's surrogacy law - which forbids the smuggling of semen" (para 13).
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the adoption by the State party in December 2014 of an action plan to combat trafficking in persons and the establishment of the Council for the Promotion of Measures to Combat Trafficking in Persons" (7)
June 12, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"In India...the industry – built on sex, race and class supremacy – is not only legal but estimated to be worth more than $1bn (£690m) a year" (p 9)
June 12, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"In October last year, the government told fertility clinics to stop all surrogate embryo transfers to foreigners. The move follows a proposed change in the law that would limit surrogacy to Indian couples, or where at least one of the commissioning parents has an Indian passport and residency. Having established that neither I nor the woman posing as my husband’s sister own an Indian passport, Rana advises me to go to Thailand. ‘It costs twice the price [that it does] here,’ says Rana, ‘but they will even do sex selection, so many people will go from India'" (p 4-6)
May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"In 2004, the South Korean government outlawed prostitution, and the following year President George W. Bush signed an executive order making prostitution illegal under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The military began more strictly monitoring bars and clubs in the camptowns and placing those believed to be involved in trafficking on ‘off-limits’ lists for military personnel" (p 18)
May 1, 2017, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"In March the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act, which strengthened victim protection and the role of law enforcement, went into effect" (28).
March 24, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The antitrafficking law provides significant penalties. For example, those guilty of human trafficking can serve prison sentences ranging from seven to 15 years and pay a fine ranging from HTG 200,000 to HTG 1.5 million ($3,750 to $28,140). Similar penalties apply to exploitative employers and individuals attempting to obtain sexual services from a victim of trafficking, and the law provides for increased penalties for offenders when there are aggravating circumstances, including trafficking involving minors" (29).
March 21, 2017, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Child Code bans child trafficking and provides for three to 10 years’ imprisonment for conviction of the crime" (16).
March 16, 2017, 1:53 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"In 2014, investigators uncovered a vast corruption scheme at Mineo. Organized crime groups had infiltrated the camp’s administration, and authorities arrested a local mafia leader. When I asked the director about reported occurrences of trafficking in the camps, he said that in the past there had been several cases that may have involved people from the camp but that camp management worked with police to prevent future incidents. Near the camp, however, is a blatant prostitution arcade that lines the country roads leading to Mineo. Scantily clad African women stand or sit in expected postures that attract male prostitution users. Any astute observer who has visited Italy in the last ...more
March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The law prescribes penalties of five to 10 years’ imprisonment for all forms of child trafficking, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children, but it was a problem" (24). "The penal code calls for prison terms of up to 10 years for persons found guilty of trafficking in persons" (32).
March 3, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Child trafficking is punishable by imprisonment of up to 40 years and fines of up to 10 million to 20 million CFA francs ($17,331-$34,662); these penalties were sufficient to deter violations" (17). "The penalties for conviction of child trafficking were imprisonment for a maximum of 40 years and fines of up to 10 million to 20 million CFA francs ($17,331 to $34,662)" (21).
Feb. 27, 2017, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The law provides for one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 birr ($480) for trafficking in indecent material displaying sexual intercourse by minors" (31). "The new law prescribes harsh penalties of up to life imprisonment and a fine of 500,000 birr ($24,000) for human trafficking and exploitation, including slavery, debt bondage, forced prostitution, and servitude" (37).
Feb. 23, 2017, 12:02 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"In 2014 police registered 28 cases of trafficking, 14 fewer than the previous year" (15). "Penalties for trafficking and forced labor offenses range up to 15 years’ imprisonment" (16).
Feb. 23, 2017, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Child sex trafficking is prohibited by law, which prescribes penalties of 10 to 14 years’ imprisonment for trafficking crimes" (20).
Feb. 17, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The law broadly defines 'trafficking' to include not only sex and labor trafficking, but also illegal adoption; the sale of tissues, fluids, and genetic materials of living persons; and all child labor" (41).
Feb. 13, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The government secured the first convictions for trafficking under a stronger statute in 2014" (17).
Feb. 10, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"While welcoming the entry into force of the act introducing certain amendments to the law on trafficking in July 2013, and the amendment of the Tourism Act in 2007 to prohibit the use of the tourism industry for purposes of organizing the unlawful departure of Kazakh citizens to foreign countries...s" (6)
Feb. 8, 2017, 6:07 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, TRAFF-LAW-1, MARR-LAW-1

"The changes [of increasing minimum marriage age] - a move that campaigners said brought Virginia’s laws into the 21st Century - followed a long fight by activists who said the change was aimed at curbing forced marriage, human trafficking and statutory rape disguised as marriage" (para 2).
Feb. 8, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"International trafficking of minors is punishable with seven to 15 years’ imprisonment" (24).
Feb. 8, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The law prohibits child trafficking and the worst forms of child labor" (29).
Jan. 31, 2017, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The penal code classifies forced labor as a form of human trafficking punishable by from five to 10 years in prison and a fine of 30 million Comoran francs ($69,000). If trafficking involving a minor is committed, a stiffer penalty of from 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine of 30 million Comoran francs ($69,000) are prescribed" (14).
Jan. 26, 2017, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"While the full scale of human trafficking is difficult to ascertain due to the illegal and often undetected nature of the crime, there is substantial evidence that children, youth and adults from the GMS [Greater Mekong Sub-region] can find themselves in diverse forms of trafficking both in their own and other countries, including forced or bonded labour, child labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude or forced marriage" (3).
Jan. 18, 2017, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Penalties for the sexual exploitation of children include imprisonment of 10 to 20 years and a fine of CFA francs 100,000 to CFA francs10 million ($173 to $17,320). Penalties are increased to 15 to 20 years’ imprisonment if the victim is 15 years of age or younger, if a weapon is used, or if the victim sustains serious injuries as a result of trafficking" (34). "A 2011 law extends antitrafficking provisions to all persons regardless of age or gender. Violations of the law are punishable by prison terms of five to 20 years and fines ranging from CFA francs 10,000 to 10 million ($17 to $17,331). In cases of debt ...more
Jan. 10, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to increase sanctions for trafficking offences through the Child Rights and Sexual Offences Acts…Furthermore, the Committee is concerned about the limited prosecution and conviction rates under the Anti-Human Trafficking Act (2005) and the absence of a specific action plan to implement the Act" (7)