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Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3, IRP-LAW-2

"The law permits any foreigner who is a victim of gender-based violence or of trafficking in persons in the country to file a complaint at a police station without fear of deportation, even if that individual is in the country illegally" (7).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"[The Committee] is concerned about: ...The lack of effective national mechanisms for the referral of victims of trafficking to rehabilitation and reintegration assistance" (6).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"Amendments to this law grant a residency permit on humanitarian grounds to nonEU nationals in the following categories: victims of human trafficking not covered by existing antitrafficking laws" (11).
Aug. 20, 2018, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"In this regard, the Committee is concerned: . . . That there is a lack of designated shelters for victims of trafficking and a lack of support for their rehabilitation and reintegration" (page 7-8).
Aug. 15, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The Government of Montenegro from the budget of the Office for Fighting Trafficking in Human Beings provides necessary funds for the Shelter of victims of trafficking in human beings. This includes expenses for basic living needs of the victims, as well as for providing medical, legal, psychological, and other types of help. Direct help to victims and potential victims of trafficking in human beings in the Shelter is provided by 5 women activists of the NGO 'Montenegrin Women’s lobby'. The Office budget also covers the running costs of the premises of the Shelter. From the budget funds the Office also finances SOS line for victims of the trafficking in human...more
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"Executive Decree No. 588 of 2014, to a create a system of protection and assistance for trafficked persons" (page 2).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"Again, a support programme for children and adolescents victimized by trafficking and/or commercial sexual exploitation was established in November 2012" (page 13-14). "The support service for women victims of trafficking is intended to support adult women and forms part of the GBV response system; as compared to its pilot phase, it has greater human resources and more hours of direct support. It provides a specialized response, designed from a gender and human rights perspective, in support of women who are or have been victims of trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation. Access to the service, which has national jurisdiction, is purely voluntary. From March 2011 to November 2013, 66 women...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3, IRP-LAW-2

"The Plan of Action to Prevent People Trafficking is a whole-of-government response to people trafficking and outlines a comprehensive support structure for victims. It assists and encourages victims of trafficking to participate in any criminal proceedings involving their alleged traffickers. Suspected victims will be provided with protection as a witness and potential victim. Unless they choose to return home, certified victims of people trafficking will be granted a 12-month temporary entry class visa. Adult applicants will then be able to apply for a resident visa. The Government will provide long-term shelter and residency benefits, including financial assistance and publicly funded health and disability services, to victims to aid them in...more
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved...in particular the adoption of the...Victim Protection Act, in 2013, which provides for comprehensive support for women who are victims of trafficking" (1-2)
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-3, TRAFF-LAW-3, IRP-PRACTICE-2, AW-LAW-1

"The Committee is furthermore concerned about: . . . (c) Reports that victims of trafficking, including women engaging in prostitution, have been arrested, detained and deported for acts committed as a consequence of having been trafficked" (page 12).
May 5, 2018, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"It welcomes the possibility for victims of trafficking to obtain temporary residence permits" (7). "The Committee is, however, concerned about...The lack of adequate mechanisms to identify and refer victims of trafficking in need of protection" (7).
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The Commonwealth Crimes Legislation Amendment (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protection and Other Measures) Act 2013 improved protections for vulnerable witnesses giving evidence in Commonwealth criminal proceedings, including victims of human trafficking and slavery. The Human Trafficking Visa Framework enables foreign nationals suspected of being victims of human trafficking to remain in Australia, initially to recover and then to assist with the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking offenders" (Pg 21).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The Committee welcomes the updated national referral system established in 2014 and the third national plan to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings (2014-2017), but is concerned: . . . (d) That there is a lack of information on the protection and assistance in place for victims of trafficking, including the issuance of temporary resident permits. The Committee urges the State party: . . . (c) To strengthen the protection and rehabilitation of women who are victims of trafficking by providing them with access to alternative income opportunities and providing undocumented women with temporary resident permits, irrespective of their ability or willingness to cooperate with the prosecutorial authorities" (page...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-LAW-3, TRAFF-DATA-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-4, IRP-DATA-2

"The Committee notes with concern that there have been no prosecutions under the Trafficking in Persons Act (2007) and that only one investigation is currently under way. It is also concerned about the lack of information on the number of victims of trafficking and on the measures taken to address exploitation of prostitution of women and girls and child sex tourism, as well as about the lack of programmes to support women wishing to leave prostitution. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Conduct a study to investigate the extent and root causes of trafficking in women and girls and exploitation of prostitution; (b) Implement the Trafficking in Persons...more
March 17, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-3, TRAFF-LAW-3

"The LEIV Act, in Chapter II, Specific Procedural Provisions, of article 57, prescribes the procedural safeguards available to women facing acts of violence. It provides that women who are victims of trafficking shall enjoy the rights established by law and, in addition, will not be subject to punishments or impediments established in migratory laws, will be able to stay in the country in keeping with applicable law, and will have the right to legal counsel" (19-20).
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 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The General Law to Prevent, Penalize and Eradicate Crimes Related to Human Trafficking and for the Protection and Assistance to Victims of such Crimes (Trafficking Law), had two modifications, emphasizing the uniform classification and penalization of the crime of trafficking throughout the country; 26 organizations already have the law and 10 have regulations. The harmonization of the Trafficking Law is complete in 15 states. Seven are partially harmonized and four have not yet been" (page 5-6). "Likewise, the National Program for Social Prevention of Violence and Delinquency (PNPSVD) was created, as well as the National Program for Equality and Non-discrimination, the National Program to Prevent, Sanction, and Eradicate Crimes Regarding...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"An amendment to Chapter 5, Section 11 of the Social Services Act (2001:453) that entered into force on 1 July 2007 clarified the responsibility of municipal social welfare committees for crime victims, especially women who are subjected to violence and children who witness violence" (page 13). "The Government commissioned the Stockholm County Administrative Board to coordinate at national level the work being done by government agencies against prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes. The work covers stronger collaboration, operational support on methods, work on secure return and support programmes for rehabilitation for individuals who have been subjected to prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes. In April 2013 this...more
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The lack of systematically organized rehabilitation and reintegration measures, including access to counselling, medical treatment, psychological support and redress, including compensation, for victims of trafficking, in particular for refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant women and women domestic workers" (Pg 10).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The Swedish administrative system is decentralized. This means that the primary responsibility for the well-being of any crime victim stems from obligations under the Social Services Act (SFS 2001:453), and is firmly placed on the 290 Swedish municipalities. The first municipal support and assistance services for victims of prostitution and trafficking in human beings opened during the mid-1970’s in the four largest cities: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Norrköping. Today, municipal Prostitution Groups operate in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. These victims support services provide outreach services for individuals that are involved in prostitution, whether on the street, in indoor prostitution or through Internet advertising, and offer counselling, access to health care...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"In addition to awareness-raising campaigns and training activities that are implemented in cooperation with state institutions and NGOs, IOM Slovakia provides and assists voluntary returns with pre-departure assistance for victims of human trafficking who want to go back to their home country in safety and dignity" (para 8). 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).
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-3, TRAFF-LAW-3, IRP-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes defection and attempted defection, including the attempt to gain entry to a foreign diplomatic facility for the purpose of seeking political asylum. Individuals who cross the border with the purpose of defecting or seeking asylum in a third country are subject to a minimum of five years of 'labor correction.' In 'serious' cases defectors or asylum seekers are subjected to indefinite terms of imprisonment and forced labor, confiscation of property, or death. Many would-be refugees who were returned involuntarily were imprisoned under harsh conditions"(10)."The law does not provide for the granting of asylum or refugee status, nor has the government established a system for providing protection for...more
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"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
Jan. 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

“Federal and state officials in many cases sought the aid and cooperation of domestic and international NGOs in addressing human rights problems; for instance, the Ministry of Labor collaborated with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to formulate a national plan to combat trafficking in persons” (12).
Jan. 3, 2017, 8:24 p.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3, IRP-LAW-2

“The government provided asylum applicants with free legal aid at the appeal stage of the application process. Prior to the appeal stage, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or the migrants themselves, paid for legal assistance. The country normally granted humanitarian protection to those with rejected applications and appeals” (6).
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"On 22 August 2013, additional safeguards guaranteeing the rights of women and other individuals engaged in the performance of family duties were put in place in the Labour Code and in the Law on Employment, which defined the concepts of 'employed persons' and 'unemployed persons' (art. 60), as well as conditions under which 'unsuitable work' cannot be tendered in connection with change of residence, a work location that is inaccessible by vehicle, the unemployed person’s health or age, or other valid reasons (art. 13). Article 68 strengthens safeguards for single and multiple child parents who have children 14 years old or younger or disabled children and persons graduating from special...more
Nov. 9, 2016, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"According to Jackson Odong of the National Memory and Documentation Centre in the northern Ugandan town of Kitgum, the needs of such populations [referring to the women abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and their children born in captivity] have been neglected.'Children born in captivity and their mothers continue to suffer because while they were encouraged to return, there was limited support for their reintegration. Focus was largely on ex-combatants. There have been little or no specific interventions targeting surviving children and mothers,' he said.Irene Ikomu, a human rights lawyer and the coordinator of Parliament Watch Uganda, told IRIN that the report highlighted the need to evaluate current reintegration processes...more
Aug. 23, 2016, 8:48 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"Pursuant to Minn. Stat. Ann...the judge may exclude spectators from the courtroom at 'trial of a complaint or indictment for a violation of sections . . .617.246, subdivision 2 [Use of minor in sexual performance prohibited] . . . when a minor under 18 years of age is the person upon, with, or against whom the crime is alleged to have been committed,' and may also authorize the presence of any supportive person in the courtroom for prosecuting witnesses who are minors in cases involving child abuse defined to include Minn. Stat. Ann..."(103)."Ca. Evidence Code...states 'Evidence of sexual history or history of any commercial sexual act of a victim of...more
July 1, 2016, 5:48 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"During the reporting period, the immigration department initiated drafting of proposed amendments to the immigration act...to create a renewable permit specific to trafficking victims allowing them to remain in Swaziland for up to two years" (321)