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Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The Ministry of Women’s Affairs operated a shelter for female victims of trafficking or domestic violence in Asuncion. The ministry also coordinated victim assistance efforts, public outreach campaigns, and training with the National Police and health-care units. The ministry, the Attorney General’s Office, and women’s NGOs provided health and psychological assistance, including shelter, to victims. The ministry also provided victim assistance courses for police, healthcare workers, and prosecutors" (page 22).
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"Since 2008 to March 2013 the relevant actors had provided assistance to victims of human trafficking, such as Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare had received victims who had been officially repatriated in the total of 946 persons including 891 women; 769 of them were under the age of 18 including 714 girls. The Centre for Counselling and Protection of Women and Children had provided assistance to the victims and those at risks of human trafficking in the country in the total of 111 persons, of whom 109 were female, 83 of them were under the age of 18. Furthermore, the centre also provided legal advices, psychological and physical health...more
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"There are no shelters specifically designed for women and girls who are victims of trafficking, who instead are referred to shelters established for women who are victims of violence, including domestic violence . . . [there is a] lack of information on exit programmes for women who wish to leave prostitution" (page 8).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The Special Prosecutor’s Office for violence against Women and Trafficking in Persons of the PGR is responsible for leading government programs to combat domestic violence and prosecuting federal human trafficking cases involving three or fewer suspects. The office had 40 federal prosecutors dedicated to federal cases of violence against women, approximately 15 of whom specialized in trafficking countrywide" (para. 19).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The Special Prosecutor’s Office for violence against Women and Trafficking in Persons of the PGR is responsible for leading government programs to combat domestic violence and prosecuting federal human trafficking cases involving three or fewer suspects. The office had 40 federal prosecutors dedicated to federal cases of violence against women, approximately 15 of whom specialized in trafficking countrywide" (para. 19).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-3

"The Committee takes note with appreciation of the progress of the State party’s legislative and institutional framework to address violence against women at the Federal level, which includes, inter alia:… b) The enactment of the new General Law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Crimes of Trafficking in Persons and the Protection and Assistance of Victims of such crimes (LGPSETP-2012)" (2).
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 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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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