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Latest items for TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 1, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The same cannot be said for the intermediary. In 2012, Moselhy, the lawyer, took the matchmaker 'Ousha' and her accomplices to court – a total of eleven persons. They received prison sentences ranging from six months to 18 years. The charge was human trafficking" (para 11).
Aug. 26, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

“Human Rights Watch states that Oman was further criticized by the United States government for not demonstrating increased efforts to address human trafficking” (para 24). “In 2015, there were only five prosecutions on sex trafficking” (para 25).
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Over the past six years [Flor Maria] Rigoni has helped nearly 100 migrants, mostly Honduran women and girls [in Mexico], who have been trafficked into sex work. But, frustrated by government officials, he is closing the programme in March"(para 17)
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"At the Belen shelter, a poster with a photograph of a man reads: 'Enganchador [trafficker: Be careful of this man.'Flor Maria Rigoni, an Italian priest who founded the shelter two decades ago, helps migrants and those who have been rescued from prostitution rings run by organised criminal gangs.The shelter provides weekly talks about the tactics that traffickers use to dupe their victims.'Despite the talks, some still fall into the trap,' Rigoni, with a long silver beard, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation"(para 11-14)."Over the past six years Rigoni has helped nearly 100 migrants, mostly Honduran women and girls, who have been trafficked into sex work. But, frustrated by government officials, he ...more
July 20, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Police officials attributed the rise to increased public awareness of trafficking-related crimes and more police training. 'It's difficult to claim these crimes are rising dramatically,' said a senior Delhi police official, who declined to be named. 'I think more victims are coming forward and reporting because of more information about trafficking,' the official said. 'Government and civil society groups are doing campaigns and people are also seeing more cases being reported in the media.' The official said the actual figure could be much higher as many victims were still not registering cases with the police, largely because they did not know the law or feared traffickers" (para 3-6).more
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations...and also refers to numerous recommendations on the unresolved issue of ‘comfort women’ made by other United Nations human rights mechanisms such as the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination , the Human Rights Committee, the Committee Against Torture, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, several United Nations special procedures mandate holders of the Human Rights Council and the universal periodic review" (8)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"the State party remains a source, transit and destination country for trafficking in persons, in particular women and girls, for purposes of labour and sexual exploitation and: That women continue to be subjected to sexual exploitation in the entertainment industry, particularly for prostitution and pornographic film production; That women and girls coming to the State party under the Industrial Training and Technical Internship Programme continue to be subjected to forced labour and sexual exploitation" (7-8)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee further regrets: That, recently, there has been an increase in the number of statements from public officials and leaders regarding the State party’s responsibility for violations committed against ‘comfort women’; and the announcement of the bilateral agreement with the Republic of Korea, which asserts that the ‘comfort women’ issue ‘is resolved finally and irreversibly’ and did not fully adopt a victim-centred approach; That some ‘comfort women’ have died without obtaining an official unequivocal recognition of responsibility by the State party for the serious human rights violations that they suffered; That the State party has not addressed its obligations under international human rights law towards ‘comfort women’ victims in ...more
June 22, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Girls involved in the JK ['high school dating'] business are insistent that they choose to do this work, and Taka [an owner of one of these pedophiliac sex trafficking businesses] says it’s not exploitation because the girls want to be in the business. ‘When we recruit for girls under 18, we’re flooded with applications’" (p 27) People in the industry perpetuate it because they believe a child's choice is a fully informed choice (RNP-CODER COMMENT)
June 22, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Japanese society has long considered this a situation [child sex trafficking] in which the girls should take responsibility for their actions, but Nito [someone involved in stopping the industry] says this attitude overlooks the girls’ backgrounds and the fact that many have fallen outside mainstream social structures. ‘They often don’t receive the necessary help because they are just considered prostitutes or girls who are behaving badly,’ she said. ‘Unless this changes, girls will continue being lured into the JK ['high school dating'] business'" (p 42-43)
June 22, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Even if ordinary Japanese consider the practice deviant, they place the blame on the girls, said Muta, the sociologist. High school girls who become pregnant are regularly expelled from school. ‘They think this can’t be helped because these bad girls exist,’ she said. ‘Many people see it as a problem with the girls, not with the men.’ As such, when authorities discuss ways to curb the practice, they tend to come up with ideas such as imposing curfews on girls, rather than penalizing men for having sex with high-schoolers, Muta said. Regulations have been tightened slightly in recent years to address exploitation. Girls were banned from officially working in ‘high ...more
June 22, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"One of the people trying to do something about [child sex trafficking in Japan] is Jun Tachibana, from the nonprofit Bond Project, which is trying to get girls off the streets and stop them from falling into the JK business...‘There are girls in difficult situations — they could be coming from a poor family or could be sexually abused at home — and find it hard to live their lives,’ Tachibana said. ‘Some say they are so lonely that they want to die and disappear. Often these girls don’t have a place to stay, so they get into the JK business’ (p 17, 21)
June 22, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Yumeno Nito, a 27-year-old who runs Colabo, a support group that helps exploited girls. ‘They are talked into believing that this is the same kind of work, by adults who treat them kindly at first to lure them into the business.’...Nito’s group has helped girls who have been raped or assaulted and girls with mental or learning difficulties who are talked into doing degrading things because they think it will make them feel worthwhile. Depression and mental instability are rife" (p 34-35)
June 22, 2017, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"In its most recent report on international human rights practices, the U.S. State Department noted concerns about the sexual exploitation of children in Japan, saying that ‘compensated dating’ in particular facilitates the sex-trafficking of children. Although the age of consent in Japan is technically 13, in most places local ordinances increase it to 18. Some efforts have been made in recent years to curtail the business, but they have amounted to little — partly because so few people consider it a problem" (p 12-14)
June 5, 2017, 6 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"...while the NGO community's claims of sexual exploitation grow, the UN itself appears to be in denial of its very existence, which might explain the Freedom Fund's report which places blame with international donors giving 'little thought towards tackling slavery and trafficking'. UN officials played down the prostitution but did admit the extent of child slavery and that a big part of the problem lied with the failure to allow adults to work. It really is just about the money. 'Facilitating adults' access to livelihoods (with decent working conditions and wages) would reduce pressure on households to resort to child labour' a UNHCR spokesman explained to MailOnline" (p 28-30)more
June 2, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Then [Begum, who was sold into an early marriage] was taken in by a local NGO called Shaheen, which helps prevent young girls from being sold into forced marriages. Shaheen also rescues girls and helps rehabilitate them, teaching them skills like tailoring, applying henna or how to use computers, all to help them become financially independent. Jameela Nishat began Shaheen more than 20 years ago and says she has helped more than 100 girls directly, and almost 1,000 indirectly. 'My dream is that every girl should be happy and enjoy her life to the maximum, and feel free,' she said" (p 17-19)
May 12, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"In a 2002 report, the State Department confirmed that South Korea was a destination for trafficked women. And in 2007, three researchers concluded that U.S. bases in South Korea have become ‘a hub for the transnational trafficking of women from the Asia Pacific and Eurasia to South Korea and the United States'" (p 17)
April 26, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"According to the government and the Nobody’s Children Foundation, a leading NGO dealing with trafficking in children, trafficking in children for sexual exploitation remained a problem" (19).
April 21, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Labor inspectors reportedly inspected work sites where vulnerable migrants were present without specifically screening the sites for indications of trafficking" (23,24).
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2

"Instability in the country and lack of government oversight made human trafficking a profitable enterprise. Conditions on boats departing for Europe were poor, and human smugglers abandoned many migrants in international waters with insufficient food and water. Migrants reported some human smugglers were Libyan nationals, but officials did little to curb the departures or hold smugglers accountable for crimes against migrants" (20).
March 24, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The IBESR worked with international and local NGO partners to promote and strengthen community dialogue on the problems and abuses and trafficking associated with the restavek system" (28). "Local organizations and international partners participated, engaging in topics such as forced child labor, human trafficking, and sexual abuse and exploitation" (28).
March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The government arrested and charged at least three human traffickers during the year" (28). "In 2012 the Ministry of Security set up a new unit specifically focused on child trafficking and child labor. The unit had 30 members and brought five cases to trial in 2012, one in 2013, and four during the first half of 2014. In July the court sentenced three traffickers to four months in prison for subjecting 22 minors to trafficking in Senegal" (29-30).
March 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The government took steps to combat femicide and violence against women. It maintained the PNC’s Special Unit for Sex Crimes, the Office of Attention to Victims, the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Women, and a special unit for trafficking in persons and illegal adoptions within the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime. The judiciary maintained a 24-hour court in Guatemala City to offer services related to violence directed toward women, including sexual assault, exploitation, and trafficking of women and children" (14-15). "The government had shelters for victims of human trafficking and sexual violence in Coatepeque, Coban, and Guatemala City" (18). " The Public Ministry’s Office of Trafficking ...more
March 9, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Post-earthquake conditions have made young women and girls particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation.11 Through its work combating rape and other sexual violence, KOFAVIV has identified sexual exploitation as a priority issue. 'Sexual Exploitation' is defined in this Report as the abuse of differential power for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another, thus abrogating the victim’s human right to dignity, equality, autonomy, and physical and mental well-being. 'Survival sex' is defined here as the exchange of sex in circumstances where those exchanging sex for survival lack other options" (2).
March 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Police maintained specialized units in Accra for homicide, forensics, domestic violence, trafficking in persons, visa fraud, narcotics, and cybercrimes. Such services were unavailable outside the capital due to the lack of office space, vehicles, and other equipment" (4).
March 7, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The government did not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and did not make significant efforts to do so" (28).
March 1, 2017, 12:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-DATA-1

"The government prosecuted two adults in 2012 for domestic trafficking of a 15-year-old girl and her 17-year-old sister on two occasions. In June 2014 a court convicted both men of domestic trafficking in children and slavery and sentenced them to 16 and 12 years in prison. The conviction was the first of its kind in the country" (19).
Feb. 27, 2017, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Forced labor occurred, although police at the federal and regional levels began to receive training focused on human trafficking and exploitation" (37).
Feb. 23, 2017, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Salvadoran Institute for the Development of Women (ISDEMU) provided health and psychological assistance to women who experienced sexual abuse, domestic violence, mistreatment, sexual harassment, labor harassment, trafficking in persons, including commercial sexual exploitation, or alien smuggling" (17).
Feb. 10, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"While welcoming the entry into force of the act introducing certain amendments to the law on trafficking in July 2013, and the amendment of the Tourism Act in 2007 to prohibit the use of the tourism industry for purposes of organizing the unlawful departure of Kazakh citizens to foreign countries, 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 forced labour. The Committee is also concerned at the low incidence of reporting of trafficking crimes" (6)