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April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Following the implementation of the Strategy for the Suppression of Trafficking in Human Beings in BiH and the Action Plan (2013-2015), in 2015 the CoM BiH adopted the Action Plan for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in BiH (2016-2019). This plan focuses on improving the system of support for fight against trafficking in human beings, effective prosecuting of cases, prevention, protection and assistance to victims. The MoS BiH, Department for Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings, has formed regional monitoring teams with the aim of achieving appropriate standards and improving functional links among the competent authorities and NGOs in BiH" (22). "In between 2011-2017, the Court of BiH pronounced one...more
April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that the State party is formulating standard operating procedures for a multisectoral response to combat trafficking in persons and that a proposal aimed at identifying the lead agency on trafficking has been submitted to the Cabinet. Nevertheless, the Committe is concerned that: (a) The State party remains a source and destination country of trafficking in persons, in particular women and girls, mainly for purposes of forced labour and sexual exploitation, and by the lack of adequate shelters for women and girls who are victims of trafficking;" (6-7).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"[Macau] Trafficking in persons remained a problem, although authorities were building capacity to pursue trafficking cases" (page 126). "[Macau] The government has a special interagency unit to fight human trafficking, the Human Trafficking Deterrent Measures Concern Committee. In addition to holding seminars to raise awareness about human trafficking, the committee operates two 24-hour telephone hotlines, one for reporting trafficking, and another to assist trafficking victims" (page 138).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"A national strategy to combat human trafficking and a 5-year action plan were developed in 2015. These instruments support the national child protection policy and enhance mechanisms for the protection of individuals. Two committees and a programme have been established to combat trafficking, exploitation and child labour: 1) The Interministerial Committee to Combat Child Trafficking, Exploitation and Labour, established pursuant to Decree No. 2011-365 of 3 November 2011 2) The National Monitoring Committee for Actions to Combat Child Trafficking, Exploitation and Labour, established pursuant to Decree No. 2011-366 of 3 November 2011 3) The National Programme for Community Action for the Protection of Children, based on the community assessments of...more
April 9, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking (2012-2016), the allocation of Can$ 25 million to support projects addressing trafficking in persons at the federal, provincial and territorial levels, and the Supreme Court’s judgment in Canada (AG) v. Bedford, which led to the adoption of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. It is, however, concerned about: (a) The low rates of prosecution and conviction in cases of trafficking in women and girls; (...) (c) The lack of information regarding the development and adoption of a second national action plan, given that the first plan recently expired; (d) The lack of systematically organized...more
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included...trafficking in persons" (2). "In some parts of the North Caucasus, women continued to face bride kidnapping, polygamy, forced marriage (including child marriage), legal discrimination, and enforced adherence to Islamic dress codes. In April a criminal case was initiated against a 20-year-old resident of Ingushetia after he kidnapped a 19-year-old woman to be his wife" (47).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Police continued to train officers on internal investigations, victims’ rights, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and trafficking in persons" (para 27).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights abuses during the year included . . . trafficking in persons" (page 2). "Most children kidnapped internally were sold to couples unable to have children. Those convicted of buying an abducted child could be sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. In the past most children abducted were boys, but increased demand for children reportedly drove traffickers to focus on girls as well. In an effort to reunite families, the Ministry of Public Security maintained a DNA database of parents of missing children and of children recovered in law enforcement operations" (page 59).
March 26, 2019, 7:54 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual exploitation of women in the tourism sector and other sectors that attract foreign capital is real in Uganda. The lack of protection for women’s rights includes controversies surrounding Chinese contractors and the sexual exploitation of women. The commodifying of women’s bodies to be deployed at the heart of a state campaign to boost revenue is even more perverse when viewed against a background of the criminalization of sex work and the refusal to protect women" (para 8).
March 26, 2019, 7:54 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual exploitation of women in the tourism sector and other sectors that attract foreign capital is real in Uganda. The lack of protection for women’s rights includes controversies surrounding Chinese contractors and the sexual exploitation of women. The commodifying of women’s bodies to be deployed at the heart of a state campaign to boost revenue is even more perverse when viewed against a background of the criminalization of sex work and the refusal to protect women" (para 8).
March 26, 2019, 7:54 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual exploitation of women in the tourism sector and other sectors that attract foreign capital is real in Uganda. The lack of protection for women’s rights includes controversies surrounding Chinese contractors and the sexual exploitation of women. The commodifying of women’s bodies to be deployed at the heart of a state campaign to boost revenue is even more perverse when viewed against a background of the criminalization of sex work and the refusal to protect women" (para 8).
March 25, 2019, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

In July the government successfully prosecuted a trafficking-in-persons case; two young girls were the victims. The perpetrators, two Sierra Leoneans, transported the girls from Sierra Leone with the intent to sell one of them in Liberia. Two Liberian citizens were also prosecuted for their roles as facilitators. The trial was conducted over five months, and the main perpetrator, Sao Kromah, received a 10- year prison sentence. The two victims were in a safe house while the government worked to return them to their families in Sierra Leone (27).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included extrajudicial killings by police; police abuse, harassment, and intimidation of detainees and others; arbitrary arrest and detention; press harassment; official corruption; lack of accountability in cases of violence against women and children, including rape, domestic violence, and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); criminalization of same-sex sexual conduct; and trafficking in persons" (1). "Orphaned children remained especially susceptible to exploitation, including sex trafficking" (26). "The law prescribes a minimum sentence of one year’s imprisonment for the trafficking of adults but does not prescribe a maximum sentence; these penalties were not sufficiently stringent to deter violations" (33).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Demand for sexual services is a key factor fuelling trafficking. To reduce demand for sexual services the Thematic Group formulated proposals for workshops. After consulting academic institutions, the group designed a series of workshops to raise awareness among university students on the issue of trafficking. The first cycle of the workshops is scheduled to commence in January 2017 and to end with the academic year 2016-2017. The attitudes and behaviour of students towards the issue of trafficking and sexual services will be evaluated both prior to and after the completion of each workshop" (20). "Until July 2014, the SWS provided financial support to male victims of trafficking, as well as...more
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of forced marriages of women and girls for sexual slavery among Da’esh fighters" (para 9). "In August 2014 Da’esh reportedly abducted thousands of Yezidi women from Iraq and brought them to Syria for sale in markets or as rewards for Da’esh fighters. Held as slaves, Da’esh fighters subjected them and other captured women and girls to repeated sexual violence, forced marriages, and coerced abortions. In interviews with the COI, they described multiple rapes by several men, including incidents of gang rape. Numerous NGOs and activists also reported that Da’esh fighters raped women in Da’esh-held areas or forced them to marry Da’esh fighters. As of September most of...more
March 21, 2019, 3:11 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"There were reports during the year of domestic violence against women and children, sexual harassment of women, anti-Semitism, abuse and inhuman treatment of institutionalized persons with mental disabilities, social exclusion and discrimination against Roma, verbal abuse and harassment against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and intersex (LGBTI) persons, and trafficking in persons" (1-2).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-LAW-2

"The age of consent is 13. It is illegal to deceive or pressure anyone under 19 into having sexual intercourse. Children, however, were vulnerable to sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation through online recruitment or recruitment of runaway girls" (20).
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"While human smuggling and trafficking appeared to increase due to difficulties with other routes, Moroccan authorities cooperated with Spanish authorities to break up trafficking networks and arrest traffickers. Parliament also passed legislation in 2016 to improve protections for victims" (page 20). "The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor. Penalties were sufficient to deter violations. Authorities did not adequately enforce the legislation. Labor inspectors did not inspect small workshops and private homes where the majority of such practices occurred, as the law requires a warrant to search a private residence. The small number of inspectors, the scarce resources at their disposal, and the broad geographic dispersion of sites...more
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Action plan entitled 'The Right to Decide about One’s Own Life — an Action Plan to Combat Negative Social Control, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation 2017–2020, in 2017, and other action plans, including: (i) On combating human trafficking; (ii) Against hate speech, aimed at preventing hate speech on all prohibited grounds of discrimination, including gender; (iii) To strengthen investigation and prosecution in the police and the prosecuting authorities, including in relation to cases of gender-based violence against women, in 2016; (iv) Against domestic violence, entitled 'A Life without Violence', for the period from 2014 to 2017" (2). "The Committee welcomes the fact that the State party has begun to...more
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The 2014–2018 National Development Plan sets out various actions being taken by the State, through its institutions, to tackle the crime of human trafficking. That national commitment is evidenced, inter alia, by the 2015 signing of the manifesto on combating trafficking in human beings, signed by the Minister of the Interior, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the administration and 40 mayors and municipal ombudsmen of the department of Norte de Santander. By Decree No. 1036/2016, the 2014–2018 National Strategy for the Fight against Trafficking in Persons was adopted; its purpose is to combat crime and guarantee victims their human rights through measures of prevention, investigation and...more
March 12, 2019, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The people of North Korea faced egregious human rights violations by the government in nearly all reporting categories including...trafficking in persons" (1).
March 11, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-DATA-1

"In Holland, where rates of gonorrhoea have risen, the true scale of trafficking of women and girls has been exposed for the first time, countering claims that legalisation would be effective in countering exploitation and violence against women by bringing the trade into the open. More than 6,000 people in Holland are the victims of human trafficking every year, two-thirds of whom are coerced into the sex trade, according to first joint UN-Dutch report. At least 1,320 of them were Dutch girls aged 12 to 17" (para 29-30).
March 11, 2019, 2:39 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria, Romania
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Police chiefs in Munich and Ulm said there had been an 'explosive rise in human trafficking from Romania and Bulgaria' after legalisation in 2002 as brothels fuelled demand by advertising unprotected sex and flat-rate offers of 99 Euros for customers to have sex with as many women as they wanted from 4pm to dawn" (para 28).
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Switzerland is a primary (as opposed to a transit) destination for women being trafficked into the sex trade. Victims originate mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, but also from Thailand, Nigeria, China, Brazil, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic and Morocco" (para 5). "Prosecutions are rare but two years ago a woman was convicted of trafficking 80 Thai women into Switzerland who were sent to brothels in Bern, Solothurn, Lucerne, Basel, St. Gallen and Zurich. Like hundreds, perhaps thousands of others, they were kept under lock and key and forced to service local men to pay off their 'travel debt'" (para 8). "One who, aged 20, was taken from her home in...more
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"In 2015, jointly with the OSCE Office, one-day training seminars were held for over 100 specialists on issues concerning the provision of special social services to victims of human trafficking. Together with the International Organization for Migration, brochures were developed on prophylaxis, prevention and assistance to victims of trafficking and sent to the regional commissions on issues of combating unlawful transfer abroad, entry or trafficking in persons, for use in their work and for public outreach (...) In order to prevent crimes involving human trafficking, a national operational and preventive initiative 'Stop Trafficking' is systematically conducted, during which the activities of modelling, tourist, and marriage agencies offering services for exit...more
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Commercial sexual exploitation of children is illegal, and conviction carries penalties of two to five years in prison and a fine of 200,000 to two million ouguiyas ($606 to $6,060). NGOs asserted the laws were not properly enforced" (page 21). "The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor, including by children. It also criminalizes the practice of slavery and imposes penalties both on government officials who do not take action on reported cases and on those who benefit from contracting forced labor. Although the government made advances toward ending slavery, such as the adoption of the Roadmap for the Eradication of the Vestiges of Slavery, its efforts to...more
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Exploitation of children for sexual purposes, often associated with bacha bazi, was widespread, although some aspects of this practice are separate crimes under the penal code" (30).
March 6, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The shelter also served victims of human trafficking and others forms of gender-based violence" (7).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Family Services Division in the Ministry of Human Development... investigated cases of trafficking in children, and worked with local and international NGOs and UNICEF to promote children’s welfare… The government did not effectively enforce laws prohibiting child sex trafficking" (14).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking was established in 2016 with a view to coordinating national efforts to monitor and combat all forms of human trafficking. Its responsibilities include preparing a national plan on human trafficking and preparing and publishing an annual report on the country’s efforts to combat human trafficking" (12). "Cabinet Decision No. 15 of 2017 established the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking. It is chaired by a representative from the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, and its vice-chair is a representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs" (27). "In addition to the legislative measures mentioned above, an agreement has been reached with...more