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Latest items for TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the establishment of institutional committees in the Ministry of the Interior and the National Women’s Institute to tackle trafficking in persons and the development of a national plan of action in that regard, in addition to guidelines on protecting and assisting victims of trafficking. The Committee is concerned, however, about: . . . The lack of information on the measures taken to identify, prevent and bring prosecutions in cases of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation and on the number of prosecutions and convictions in cases of trafficking" (page 8). "The Committee notes that the State party has adopted programmes for the social inclusion and/or resettlement...more
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

". . . coordination of the Inter-institutional Committee on Trafficking in Women for purposes of sexual exploitation and of the working group on women deprived of liberty, with which is integrated the Tripartite Commission on Equal Opportunities and Treatment in employment (CTIOTE)" (page 9). "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 Inter-institutional Committee on Trafficking in Women for purposes of sexual exploitation has been coordinated by Inmujeres since its inception in 2008. It is made up of public bodies, civil society organizations and international organizations. Its purpose is to coordinate the actions of the...more
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of regulations for the implementation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (2008) and the National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Action Plan (2013-2017), in addition to the establishment of a national advisory committee. It is, however, concerned at: (a) The persistence of trafficking in and sexual exploitation of women and girls in the country, and reports of trafficking in girls for domestic work and sexual exploitation; (b) The insufficient resources allocated for the implementation of the National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Action Plan (2013-2017), in particular for supporting victims of exploitation and trafficking; (c) The lack of awareness of the law and the limited protection and assistance available...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"New Zealand’s first people trafficking trial concluded in December 2015. Two individuals were charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals. They were acquitted of people trafficking charges, but found guilty on 11 charges of supplying false and misleading information to Immigration New Zealand. New Zealand’s second people trafficking trial is to be heard in August 2016. A Fijian national faces 16 charges of people trafficking under the Crimes Act 1961 and 56 charges under the Immigration Act 2009. 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....more
June 25, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Some articles of the Act are dedicated to the social rehabilitation of victims of trafficking, and to assisting victims of trafficking and providing measures for their protection, bearing in mind the specific features associated with the provision of assistance to children who are victims of trafficking" (19). "Thus, the public organization Ynam is a member of the working group that was involved in developing the strategy and the National Action Plan of Turkmenistan on combating human trafficking" (24).
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

""[The Committee] remains concerned about the following: … The inadequate provision of essential services and support to victims of gender-based violence, especially victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation or labour exploitation, and victims of domestic violence" (6). "The Committee is particularly concerned about the following: (a) The limited progress in addressing the root causes of trafficking within the State party, including poverty, lack of economic opportunities and statelessness, in particular in rural and remote areas; (b) The lack of effective identification of victims of trafficking in practice, the adoption of new guidelines notwithstanding; (c) The prevalence of corruption and official complicity in trafficking cases, which continue to impede efforts to...more
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes with appreciation the efforts made by the State party to combat trafficking in persons and protect victims of trafficking, including the adoption of the Victim Protection Act of 2013 and capacity-building for diplomatic staff. However, it is concerned that women and girls, including in refugee camps, remain at risk of trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation or forced domestic labour. It is also concerned about the low level of prosecutions of traffickers, particularly under the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2010" (7)
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the efforts made by the State party to combat trafficking in persons. It is concerned, however, about the persistence of trafficking in women and girls, both internal and cross-border, for the purpose of sexual exploitation, including frequent cases of Syrian girls being trafficked into exploitation in prostitution through false promises of marriage and a better life in the State party, as well as about documented allegations that adolescent refugee girls are sold as brides from refugee camps in the State party. The Committee is furthermore concerned about: (a) The fact that only four shelters for victims of trafficking are operational; (b) The insufficient measures for early identification...more
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee commends the efforts undertaken by the State party to combat trafficking, including the introduction of a new definition of the offence of trafficking in persons in the Penal Code, the organization of awareness-raising activities and the establishment of an Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force...The Committee is, however, concerned at the low number of convictions and punishments for those convicted of trafficking and at the lack of protective measures and safe homes for victims of trafficking. It is also concerned that the State party has not ratified the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime"...more
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The continued growth in tourism in the country and a concomitant rise in child sex tourism in the region led authorities to seek to prevent child sex tourism. The government continued efforts to reduce demand for commercial sex through periodic raids and training workshops and to aid victims as part of a multi-year national plan. The government and NGOs hosted seminars to train tourism-sector employees, and many major international hotels in Vientiane and Luang Prabang included warnings against child sex tourism in their poster displays" (22). "Due to a limited number of inspectors and resources, the government did not effectively enforce the law" (27).
May 29, 2018, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits all forms of forced or compulsory labor, but there were reports of forced labor in the country. The government effectively enforced the law, but it was unclear how many, if any, labor traffickers were convicted during the year…The law considers forced labor to be human trafficking" (18).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee commends the efforts undertaken by the State party to combat trafficking, including the introduction of a new definition of the offence of trafficking in persons in the Penal Code, the organization of awareness-raising activities and the establishment of an Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force...The Committee is, however, concerned at the low number of convictions and punishments for those convicted of trafficking and at the lack of protective measures and safe homes for victims of trafficking. It is also concerned that the State party has not ratified the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime"...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the revised Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, which entered into force in 2015, and the establishment of a trust fund for victims of trafficking in 2008" (9). "The budgetary allocation for the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has been reduced owing to the economic recession in the State party" (9).
May 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the fact that, in 2013, in the period since the consideration of the previous report, the State party ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings" (pg 2). " The Committee notes with appreciation the efforts undertaken by the State party to combat trafficking and protect victims of trafficking, including the establishment of a mechanism for victim identification and referral" (pg 7).
May 10, 2018, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"On the issue of trafficking in human beings, the work to gather and analyse crime data on trafficking offences should be mentioned. In recognition of the importance of this crime data, not only for gaining an in-depth understanding of trends and changes in trafficking in human beings but also for obtaining useful inputs for the development of qualified diagnoses that should facilitate strategic decision-making, the Security Ministry coordinated the work carried out by the specialist units of the security and police forces, with a view to improving their data gathering systems. The exercise resulted in the construction of a set of indicators for trafficking offences and the development of a...more
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Law to combat trafficking in human beings. However, it is concerned about the lack of an action plan to ensure its implementation. The Committee is particularly concerned that trafficking in women and girls, especially at the border with the Dominican Republic, is ongoing, and that cases of human trafficking are reportedly often not investigated by the police" (8).
May 5, 2018, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is, however, concerned about...The low rates of prosecution and conviction in cases of trafficking, the high number of reported victims notwithstanding" (7). "The Committee is, however, concerned about…(e) 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 non-Slovenian nationals and non-Europeans who are excluded from existing compensation schemes; (f) The lack of alternative income opportunities for women and girls wishing to leave prostitution" (7).
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Australian Government is committed to combating human trafficking and slavery in all forms, including for sexual and other forms of labour exploitation" (Pg 21). "Human trafficking, slavery, and slavery-like practices are complex crimes and government action is only part of the solution. The Australian Government is building strong partnerships with the non-profit sector, and works closely with a range of non-government organisations. In 2013, the Australian Government enacted legislation to enhance Australia's ability to prosecute offenders and to protect victims. Australia’s Strategy to combat human trafficking and slavery addresses the full trafficking cycle from recruitment to reintegration and gives equal weight to prevention, detection, prosecution and victim support" (Pg...more
April 25, 2018, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"On December 28, the foreign ministers of Japan and the Republic of Korea jointly announced they had reached an agreement that they said 'finally and irreversibly' addressed the treatment of World War II “comfort women” (women trafficked for sexual purposes). The announcement, which met some civil society criticism, noted the Japanese prime minister’s “most sincere apologies and remorse,” and a commitment by the Japanese government to provide 1 billion yen ($8.3 million) for a foundation to be established by the Republic of Korea to provide support for the former 'comfort women'" (15).
April 20, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the measures adopted by the State party to improve the framework to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, in particular: (a) Resolution 1018/2008 (III. 26.) on the national strategy against human trafficking for the period from 2008 to 2012;The appointment of a National Coordinator against human trafficking and the establishment of the national coordination mechanism" (1).
April 20, 2018, 1:18 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-LAW-1

" the Committee remains concerned about the prevalence of the trafficking of women and girls to the State party and the absence of comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation, as well as the failure of the State party to criminalize all forms of trafficking. It is also concerned about the limited definition of pimping, which may impede the adequate prosecution of the exploitation of prostitution, as well as the limited data currently available to determine the scale of the phenomenon" (7).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The low rates of prosecution and conviction in cases of trafficking in women and girls and the lack of available disaggregated data on victims. The lack of a unified approach across cantons to identify victims and refer them to the appropriate protection services and the inadequate human and financial resources allocated to victim protection services. The lack of a comprehensive victim protection programme that offers specific accommodation along with organized rehabilitation and reintegration measures, access to counselling, medical treatment, psychological support and redress, including compensation for victims, in particular migrant women who are not automatically entitled to temporary residence permits unless they cooperate with the police and the judicial authorities"...more
April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"National Strategy for the Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings covering the period 2014-2017" (Pg 2). "The Committee welcomes the significant efforts of the State party in combating trafficking in women and girls, including for the purpose of sexual and labour exploitation, by introducing amendments to the Criminal Code (LawNo. 144/2013) criminalizing the use of services provided by victims of trafficking and decriminalizing victims of trafficking. It commends the State party on its efforts to improve the referral of victims to appropriate services, and improve the protection and assistance provided, including financial assistance. The Committee notes with concern, however, that the State party remains a source and destination country for...more
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"At the national level, the following enactments, inter alia, should be noted: 1) Act No. 029-2008/AN of 15 May 2008 on combating human trafficking and related practices" (11). "The following measures have been taken in order to remedy that situation: 1) Establishment of watchdog committees at the national and local levels in order to combat trafficking in persons and related practices; 2) On 24 October 2012, conclusion of a cooperation agreement between Burkina Faso and Côte d’ Ivoire on combating cross-border trafficking; 3) In 2013, conduct of a study on human trafficking; 4) Establishment of a police force to detect human trafficking in border areas; 5) In 2012, establishment of...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the 2012 and 2015 amendments to Federal Law No. 51 of 2006 on Combating Human Trafficking, the national strategy adopted by the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking and the availability of a hotline and of shelters for women and girls who are victims of trafficking. The Committee is, however, concerned that the State party remains a country of destination and transit for women trafficked predominantly from South, South-East and Central Asia and Eastern Europe for purposes of forced labour and sexual exploitation. It is also concerned that the penalties provided for in Federal Law No. 51 are not commensurate with the gravity of the crime and...more
April 10, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the establishment in 2012 of a subcouncil for the prevention of trafficking to coordinate the implementation of the Law on Combating Trafficking in Persons(2012). The Committee is concerned, however, at: The limited financial resources allocated to the implementation of existing legislation and programmes, in particular preventive programmes, to address the root causes of trafficking among girls and their families living in poverty and the insufficient protection and rehabilitation measures for women and girls who are victims of trafficking; The delay in the adoption of a national action plan on combating trafficking in persons; The lack of information on the number of complaints, investigations, prosecutions and convictions relating...more
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with concern that there are three different laws on trafficking in women and girls that do not address the issue systematically, as well as a lack of information on the number of complaints, investigations, prosecutions and convictions relating to trafficking in women and girls and on support and rehabilitation programmes for victims" (Pg 6).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"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: (a) That poverty among and the social exclusion of women, in particular disadvantaged and marginalized groups of women such as migrant, asylum-seeking and Roma women, increase their risk of becoming victims of trafficking and exploitation in prostitution; (b) That there is a lack of adequate victim identification mechanisms; (c) That a lenient sentencing policy is applied for traffickers, who reportedly are often charged with the crime of pimping, which carries a lighter punishment; (d) That there is a lack of information on...more
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the various efforts made by the State party to combat trafficking in women and girls, but notes with concern: (a) That the State party remains a source country for internal and crossborder trafficking in women and children for purposes of sexual and labour exploitation as well as fraudulent internationally brokered marriage; (b) The increase in the number of trafficked girls and reports of trafficking in newborns; (c) The very low conviction rates under the Law on Human Trafficking; (d) The stigmatization of and administrative penalties imposed on women and girls in prostitution; (e) The lack of effective national mechanisms for the referral of victims of trafficking to...more
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that the Government of Indonesia and the State party are working together to establish a survivor healing programme, in particular for survivors of rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence committed during the Indonesian occupation in 1999" (7). "That sanctions for pimping and forced prostitution are not effectively and adequately imposed" (7). "That there is a low level of knowledge, skills and gender sensitivity on the part of the judiciary and law enforcement officials in handling trafficking cases" (7).