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June 8, 2019, 3:40 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Knesset on Monday gave final approval to a bill that punishes johns caught hiring sex workers." (para 1). "The new law, approved in its second and third readings by 34 MKs, with none voting against, will criminalize procuring the services of a prostitute, as well as presence in a location chiefly used for prostitution, such as a brothel." (para 2). "First-time offenders will be fined NIS 2,000 ($530), with the sum doubled for repeat offenses within three years. Prosecutors will also be empowered to indict prostitution clients in certain cases, with a maximum penalty fine of NIS 75,300 ($20,400)." (para 3). "Punishing prostitution clients was first introduced by Sweden...more
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The government-run center for trafficking victims in Amman, Dar al-Karamah, assisted victims of trafficking" (31).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"In 2012 the National Immigration Strategy was approved (Resolution 3/2012, 23 January) and in 2013 its Action Plan (2013–2016), foreseeing improved management of irregular migrations and HT (strategic pillar I on Migration Flows), improved data collection and treatment and studies (strategic pillar II on Data and Research); and addressing FGM, early marriage and gender equality issues, through information and education sessions (strategic pillar V on Integration of Immigrants)" (15). "In July 2017 the Ministry of Justice launched at national level the Blue Heart Campaign against HT, involving different departments and personalities, including the police, defence, justice, education, human rights, childhood and gender equality, as well as CSO, media and international...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The project IBEMA (2015-2019) aims to facilitate the identification of victims of trafficking. The main goal is to offer extensive training for judges of the Federal Administrative Court, officials who are responsible for asylum procedures at the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum as well as legal consultants and counsellors in the asylum procedure. In total, 20 training courses have been offered in all provinces in cooperation with IOM, UNHCR, the Criminal Intelligence Service Austria, the LEFÖ intervention centre for trafficked women, the MEN VIA (support for men who are affected by human trafficking) and the public child protection centre Drehscheibe in Vienna. Practical training sessions and workshops were held...more
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts at the regional and international levels to combat trafficking in persons, including through the conclusion of bilateral and multilateral agreements, but is concerned at: (a) The absence of a national action plan on trafficking, as well as of a coordinating body and the lack of coordination among the relevant State structures; (b) The 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" (6-7).
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Action plan against prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes, in 2008" (2). "The Committee welcomes the amendments to the Criminal Code to strengthen the protection of women from trafficking and sexual exploitation (…) The Committee is concerned, however, at the lack of systematically organized protection, rehabilitation and reintegration measures for victims of trafficking as well as of disaggregated data to determine the scale of the phenomenon. It is also concerned at the limited availability of programmes for women who wish to leave prostitution" (8).
May 28, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes as positive that the State party has begun consideration of draft legislation on regulating prostitution, but notes with concern: (a) The low number of prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators of trafficking in women and girls; (b) The vulnerability of Roma and migrant women and girls to becoming victims of trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour; (c) The inadequacy of long-term support for victims of forced prostitution and the lack of exit programmes for women wishing to leave prostitution; (d) The absence of specific measures for the implementation of the European Parliament resolution of 26 February 2014 on sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact...more
May 27, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-LAW-3

"The law requires police to provide for protection of the victim and her minor children and mandates the establishment of chambers in the High Court with exclusive jurisdiction over cases of violence against women and girls. The law requires all police and gendarmerie units to designate officers to assist female victims of violence--or those threatened by violence--and to respond to emergencies; however, some units had not complied by year’s end. It also mandates the creation of care and protection centers in each commune for female victims of violence and a government support fund for their care. The centers receive victims on an emergency basis, offer them security, provide support services...more
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the sharp increase in the prosecution of cases of trafficking in persons, thanks in part to the use of specialized prosecutors and criminal investigators. The Committee also welcomes the fact that, since January 2013, all cases of trafficking in persons have been heard by specialized judges to enable them to build their expertise in relation to trafficking" (8).
May 24, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The government and NGOs hosted seminars to train tourism-sector employees, and many major international hotels in Vientiane and Luang Prabang displayed posters warning against child sex tourism" (p. 17).
May 24, 2019, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Only few respondents turned to local police for help. In cases where they did, however, their situation was often viewed as a case of family conflict and the police were reluctant to intervene, given that there was a legitimate marriage certificate and at times because officers knew the husband and his family. Language barriers further compounded women’s challenge to receive assistance. Local police often informed the husband and had the respondents returned to the family. Some inadvertently came into contact with the police and were detained, for instance when they were stopped at a bus or train station. The women were brought to the police station for questioning, with the...more
May 24, 2019, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Upon arrival, women were typically interviewed by the immigration and anti-human trafficking police for details about the brokers. The respondents received cash and in-kind support from a range of civil society organizations and were assisted to reach their homes; Vocational training options were often offered to the returnees, but only some were able to complete the programs; Women regularly engaged in wage labor after their return, mostly as factory workers or in low-skill service jobs in Phnom Penh; Some women and their families were in debt, having to repay creditors from whom they had borrowed to cover the journey to or back from China; Whilst certain respondents indicated having filed...more
May 21, 2019, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"In addition to strict punishments, the Ministry of Interior combats sexual exploitation of minors through seminars and lectures at schools and programs on public radio and television" (p. 15).
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Reports of ISIS perpetrating gender-based violence, recruiting child soldiers, trafficking in persons, and destroying civilian infrastructure and cultural heritage sites were credible and common" (2). "ISIS reportedly detained children in schools, prisons, and airports, and separated girls from their families to sell them in ISIS-controlled areas for sexual slavery" (19). "Local NGOs reported that abuse of Syrian refugees, often by other refugees, was common, including violence against women and children, child marriage, forced prostitution, and sexual harassment" (28). "Due to continuing ISIS-perpetrated violence, women’s status suffered severe setbacks (see also section 1.g.). During the year ISIS kidnapped women and girls to sell, rent, or gift them as forced “brides” (a...more
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The government continued to raid brothels to identify and remove child sex trafficking victims, although the majority of child sex trafficking was clandestine, occurring indirectly in beer gardens, massage parlors, beauty salons, karaoke bars, and noncommercial sites. Police continued to investigate cases of child sex trafficking occurring in brothels or cases where victims filed complaints directly but did not typically pursue more complicated cases. The government did not issue formal guidance allowing the use of undercover investigation techniques in trafficking investigations, and the lack of explicit authority continued to impede officials’ ability to hold child sex traffickers accountable" (27). "The government used the law to prosecute both sex tourists and...more
May 13, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

The Committee welcomes the wide range of legal and structural measures developed by the State party to combat trafficking. Nevertheless, it is concerned about: (a) The lack of a comprehensive anti-trafficking strategy, and the absence of available disaggregated data on victims of trafficking, or quantitative information on the extent of trafficking in the State party, in particular for purposes other than sexual exploitation; (b) The low rates of prosecution and conviction in cases of trafficking in women and girls; (c) The lack of national guidelines for the identification of victims of trafficking; (d) The lack of systematically organized and harmonized victim assistance, rehabilitation and reintegration measures across all federal states,...more
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The CROG recognizes that both prostitution and trafficking in persons are primarily rooted in poverty, entrenched inequality and exacerbated by anti-social family life, abuse, sexism, and class prejudices. Efforts to eliminate trafficking and exploitation of victims of prostitution as recommended in paragraph 25 are ongoing. Programmes such as the Hinterland Scholarship Programme, the universal school uniform programme, economic assistance to single mothers and skills training for youths are all aimed at reducing poverty, creating equality of opportunities and access to the delivery of services to reduce the vulnerabilities of women, children, in general and specifically within Indigenous communities. These programmes complemented the counter-trafficking action plan (2014) developed by the National...more
April 27, 2019, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
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, including the adoption or establishment of the following: (..) d) National Action Plan against Trafficking in Persons (2012-2014)" (2). "The Committee welcomes the steps taken by the State party to combat trafficking, but is concerned about: (a) The low rates of prosecution and conviction in cases of trafficking in women and girls and the lack of available disaggregated data on victims; (b) The lack of a unified approach across cantons to identify victims and refer them to the appropriate protection services and the...more
April 24, 2019, 8:54 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The constitution prohibits forced and compulsory labor. The law also prohibits all forms of labor trafficking and “slavery or a relationship similar to slavery.” The government enforced the law, but forced labor still occurred . . . The government effectively enforced laws protecting children from exploitation in the industrial sector but did not prevent exploitation in informal workplaces or individual households . . . Resources, inspections, and remediation were not adequate to enforce the law effectively in the informal sector" (page 30-31).
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).