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Feb. 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs currently operates the free telephone hotline 1552, which was set up to deal exclusively with complaints from victims of human trafficking" (25).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"There have been no prosecutions under the human trafficking law" (para 53).
Feb. 12, 2019, 8:23 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Federal Government, through the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Violence against Women and Trafficking in Persons attached to the Attorney General’s Office is preparing a legislative reform bill aimed at broadening the jurisdiction of the state authorities in investigating the crime of trafficking in persons in those cases seen as having a particularly serious social impact or where private interests inimical to the enforcement of justice are seen to be affecting the normal progress of the enquiry, thereby hindering prosecution of the crime" (75). "The Attorney General’s Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Violence against Women and Trafficking in Persons created a purpose-built shelter offering comprehensive care...more
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"During the year gendarmes arrested at least four child soldiers, three of whom they transferred in June to the ICRC for reunification with their families. According to UNICEF between January and September, the government released from detention 30 children associated with armed forces and armed groups. At year’s end the interim care center remained open and hosted one former child soldier, while authorities reportedly had reunited the other detained children with their families. With the support of MINUSMA, in 2013 MAA and MNLA leaders signed an agreement prohibiting the recruitment of children and allowing MINUSMA to screen their troops in September 2014. No subsequent official screenings have occurred, and MINUSMA...more
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Modern Slavery Strategy 2014 sets out a comprehensive approach to tackling modern slavery. In July 2016, the Prime Minister announced a new taskforce to accelerate progress in tackling slavery and pledged £33.5m development funding to prevent slavery, including an £11m Innovation Fund to support new approaches to tackling slavery and a £3m Child Trafficking Protection Fund. UK Government has committed £8.5m to transform the police response to this complex, multi-faceted crime" (12-13). "The Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group provides strategic leadership for tackling slavery in Wales. The Leadership Group co-ordinates collaboration across partners to plan and support delivery, thereby maximising the opportunities for multi-agency solutions to tackle slavery" (13).more
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes with concern: (b) The lack of conformity of the definition of “trafficking in persons” in the legislation of the State party with the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and international human rights standards; (c) The low number of prosecutions and convictions of traffickers and the shortcomings in the victim identification procedures" (7).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights problems included the killing and intimidation of journalists by organized-crime groups; corruption, discrimination, and violence against women and indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons; and trafficking in persons" (page 1). "The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor. The government did not effectively enforce the law. The Labor Ministry did not conduct inspections focused solely on forced labor and lacked adequate resources to carry them out, especially in remote areas where such labor was more prevalent. Penalties for violations include up to 20 years in prison. Minimal enforcement and penalties were insufficient to deter violations" (page 31).more
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the legal and institutional measures taken by the State party to counter trafficking in persons, including efforts to investigate cases and prosecute perpetrators. However, it is concerned about the low number of prosecutions, convictions and sentences imposed under Act No. 91 (2013) on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants" (pg. 8).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the creation of an inter-agency commission against commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking in persons" (7). "The Committee is further concerned by: a) The insufficient human, technical and financial resources allocated to the implementation of legal and other measures to combat trafficking in persons; b) The lack of programmes and specialized centres for victim rehabilitation and assistance and the heavy reliance on civil society organizations to provide rehabilitation services and shelter to victims of trafficking; c) The lack of disaggregated data on the extent and causes of trafficking in the State party, as well as shortcomings in registering complaints, prosecuting cases and sharing information among institutions, including the...more
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to penalize the purchase of sexual services and to combat trafficking in persons, including through the conduct of regular training sessions for government officials and the provision of free legal aid to victims of trafficking" (pg. 10). "The low rate of prosecution of traffickers owing to the lack of coordination between the police and the migration services" (pg. 10).
Jan. 23, 2019, 3:06 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Maria was just 16 when she moved in with her boyfriend, in the town where she grew up in Romania, and had a baby. He turned violent; four years later, although she was pregnant with her second child, she moved out. After a few failed attempts to reconcile, Maria’s ex-boyfriend came to visit her at her mother’s house. He took her to a field where two cars were waiting. The men in the cars handed Maria’s boyfriend 1,500 euros, then grabbed Maria. They took her to a house where she was kept prisoner for several months. She was repeatedly raped and beaten. Maria was later re-sold for 1,000 euros plus...more
Jan. 7, 2019, 12:03 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"In the absence of identity documents, children born in Malaysia to irregular and migrant workers have no access to public education, affordable healthcare and other welfare services and are particularly prone to become victims of trafficking for sale and sexual exploitation, child forced labour, including forced begging" (para 7) Most trafficking victims are girls (AMG-CODER COMMENT)..
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Government of Lao PDR emphasizes the importance of combating anti-trafficking and exploitation of women and children including for the purpose of child labour and prostitution of women and children and thus has established the National Steering Committee on Anti-human Trafficking in 2011 whose members include high ranking officials from related ministries and agencies, including the Central LWU which is responsible for the protection and promotion of women’s rights and empowerment. The Secretariat to the National Steering Committee on Anti-human Trafficking is located at the Ministry of Public Security. In the Year 2011, the Minister of Public Security has issued the Decision No. 1240/MPS, dated 5 October 2011 on the...more
Jan. 3, 2019, 2:19 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

“Government figures state that there were 300 trafficking cases between January and March 2017, while Child Helpline has received nearly 8,000 trafficking-related calls in the past three years alone” (para 20). This indicates that there is a helpline to address trafficking (CEM – CODER COMMENT). “Plan International is working in schools and communities in Ha Giang province to ensure that girls in particular are aware of the dangers of human trafficking and with local agencies to push the government to do more to find the missing girls and bring those responsible to justice” (para 21).
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The government effectively enforced most applicable codes dealing with forced labor" (page 23).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits forced and compulsory labor and provides for penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment for capturing, detaining, or sequestering a person for forced labor. The government effectively enforced most applicable codes dealing with forced labor. While penalties were sufficient to deter many violations, transgressions still occurred in the informal sector. Some forced labor and forced child labor occurred in the form of domestic work in third-party households, begging, street vending, and seasonal agricultural work (see section 7.c.)" (page 28).
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"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 and establishment of the following: . . . (c) National task force against trafficking in persons, in 2011. The Committee welcomes the fact that, in the period since the consideration of the previous report, the State party has ratified the following international instruments: . . . (b) United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, in...more
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"In October 2016 the government, with support from UNICEF, launched 'Child Helpline--1098,' a free telephone service designed to help children facing violence, abuse, and exploitation. Despite advances, including establishing a monitoring agency in the Ministry of Home Affairs, trafficking of children and inadequate care and protection for survivors of trafficking continued to be problems" (27). "The law also provides that victims of forced labor have access to shelter and other protective services afforded to trafficking victims" (36).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The government also continued efforts to prevent the sexual exploitation of children through the creation of a national coordinating committee in 2016 and the development of a code of ethics for the tourism industry" (12).1
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The National Refugee Commission (COMAR) and CNDH visited daily, and the INM and Children and Family Services’ officials took trafficking and other victims to designated shelters. Human rights pamphlets were available in many different languages. The CNDH reported that some police, immigration officers, and customs officials violated the rights of undocumented migrants and failed to provide for their safety" (p. 15).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The National Refugee Commission (COMAR) and CNDH visited daily, and the INM and Children and Family Services’ officials took trafficking and other victims to designated shelters. Human rights pamphlets were available in many different languages. The CNDH reported that some police, immigration officers, and customs officials violated the rights of undocumented migrants and failed to provide for their safety" (p. 15).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The law generally prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor, and the government generally enforced such laws effectively. Forced labor generally did not occur, although some families sent their children to work on the streets selling items and begging (see section 7.c.). Women and refugees were vulnerable to trafficking. The government and NGOs reported traffickers increasingly used psychological coercion, threats, and debt bondage to compel victims into sex trafficking. The government demonstrated weak efforts in preventing trafficking but some improvements in identifying trafficking victims. Penalties for trafficking violations range from eight to 12 years’ imprisonment and were sufficiently stringent compared with other serious crimes. The law allows the use...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The law mandates the government take appropriate measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination and exploitation of women, including trafficking… The government generally enforced this law" (14).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Government enacted the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Law in 2005 and has established a Central Body for the Suppression of Trafficking in Persons. Despite these efforts, trafficking remains prevalent in Burma and Burma remains “a source country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and for women and children subjected to sex trafficking.” After being placed in Tier 3 (the worst) by the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report from 2008-2011, Burma moved up to Tier 2 Watch List in 2012 and has remained in this category for the last two years. Burma continues as a Tier 2 country because the prevalence of trafficking cases remains...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities enforced the law" (10).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that women and girls have been subjected to increasing levels and different types of gender-based violence, such as domestic violence, forced disappearances, torture and murders, especially feminicide, by state actors, including law enforcement officials and the security forces, as well as by non-state actors such as organized crime groups" (3). "However, it is concerned that the different levels of authority and competences within the State party’s federal structure result in a differentiated application of the law depending on whether or not appropriate harmonization of the relevant legislation has been conducted at the state level, such as with respect to the principle of non-discrimination and equality between...more
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"A section of the Office of the Chief State Prosecutor helped to provide access to justice for victims of crime. The section provided free legal assistance for victims of all crimes, with a special focus on victims of domestic violence, trafficking in persons, child abuse, and rape" (para 53). "The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare included a unit dedicated to family violence. The Kosovo Academy for Public Safety incorporated courses on human rights and work with victims of domestic violence, rape, and human trafficking into all of its basic training curricula for police cadets" (para 115)
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-LAW-1

"The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor, except when it is a consequence of a court sentencing or a condition of a state of emergency or martial law. The government did not effectively enforce applicable law. Resources, inspections, and remediation were not sufficient to deter violations. Violations of labor law may result in an administrative penalty, such as a fine, or in civil or criminal liability. The Ministry of Health and Social Development is responsible for handling issues related to labor. Labor inspectors are responsible for enforcing law, including prevention of forced labor. By law labor inspectors conduct inspections to detect safety and other labor violations. In...more
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Other major human rights problems included: . . . trafficking in persons; and child labor, including forced child labor" (page 1). "The law was not effectively enforced. Among areas where it occurred, including in the southeast gold mining region of Kedougou, exploitation of women and girls in prostitution was a problem. . . . There were no reports of child sex tourism" (page 18).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"In addition to the atrocities in Rakhine State... authorities’ human rights violations against civilians in other ethnic minority areas and conflict zones, particularly in Kachin State and Shan State; continued... trafficking in persons, including forced labor of adults and children" (1-2). "Children were subjected to sex trafficking in the country, and a small number of foreign child sex tourists exploited children" (41).