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Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts through the National Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons, increased labour inspections, bilateral cooperation with countries of origin and the provision of psychological assistance to and physical protection for victims. The Committee reiterates its concern, however, about the prevalence and extent of trafficking of girls and women into the State party for purposes of forced labour and/or sexual exploitation" (pg 6).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Since the late 1990’s, a large number of awareness-raising campaigns have been carried out in Sweden and the region that focus on the prevention of prostitution and trafficking for sexual purposes, including the eight country Nordic-Baltic Campaign against Trafficking in Women (2002-2003), the four-country (Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia) Project against Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Barents Region (2004- 2006) and the Government/Swedish Film Institute (2003-2004) joint school Lilya 4-Ever awareness raising campaign on human trafficking in women and girls, which reached 65,000 high school students between 15 and 18 years of age" (page 15) (Coder comment: The Eight-country Nordic-Baltic Campaign includes Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, ...more
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"According to a joint Nordic research study, the situation concerning prostitution and trafficking is different in Sweden compared to that in the other Nordic countries due to the effective implementation of this legislation. There is still trans-national prostitution from several countries, particularly from Eastern and Southern Europe. However, 'no large groups of foreign women have established themselves in the visible prostitution market, contrary to what is the case in Norway, Finland and Denmark'" (page 8).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: Denmark, Norway
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Prostitution through the Internet has increased in Sweden as it has in other countries. This is not due to the law but due to the development generally of online technology. The number of individuals that are sold via Internet web pages/web ads are much larger in similar neighbouring countries such as Denmark and Norway" (page 5).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"In 1997, Sweden was the first country in Europe to appoint a National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings following a joint declaration of the European Union in 1997. This declaration recommends all member states to appoint 'National Rapporteurs who are to report to governments on the scale, the prevention, and combating of trafficking in women'. The National Rapporteur investigates, monitors and analyzes the character, state and scale of prostitution and trafficking in human beings for all forms of exploitation to and within and from Sweden, and publishes annual reports with recommendations. The fourteenth annual report was released in January 2014. In collaboration with the National Police, the National Rapporteur ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, LDS-PRACTICE-1

"Those who watch TV are less likely to agree with the practice of baad (the practice of giving away a daughter to another party as penalty or payment for an offence); 14.6 percent vs 29.8 percent, respectively" (para 10) (Coder comment - in the practice of baad, the exchanged daughters become either servants or brides - ARR).
Dec. 26, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1, CWC-DATA-4, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-2, IRP-DATA-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There were anecdotal reports that [in Panama] Chinese citizens were forced to work in grocery stores and laundries in situations of debt bondage, as well as reports that Nicaraguan and Colombian women were subjected to domestic servitude. According to leaders of the Central General Autonomy for Workers, forced labor continued to be a growing problem, particularly in the commercial sex industry"(29-30)
Dec. 26, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1, CWC-DATA-4, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-2, IRP-DATA-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There were anecdotal reports that [in Panama] Chinese citizens were forced to work in grocery stores and laundries in situations of debt bondage, as well as reports that Nicaraguan and Colombian women were subjected to domestic servitude. According to leaders of the Central General Autonomy for Workers, forced labor continued to be a growing problem, particularly in the commercial sex industry"(29-30)
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights abuses reported included prolonged pretrial detention, violence against women and children, trafficking in persons"(1)."The penal code also punishes individuals for selling or negotiating the purchase of sexual favors from persons in prostitution with penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment when the victim is younger than 18. Sex tourism involving children is also punishable. The government did not collect statistics on sex tourism involving children"(18)."The National Office for Children, Youth, and Family implemented programs to identify children engaged in the worst forms of child labor, to remove them from exploitative situations, and to provide them with services. The Ministry of Labor offered training on the topic of ...more
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Lan and Nguyen ended up in the same town in China. After two years, together they managed to slip out of their homes and take a taxi to a local police station. The whole time they were afraid their husbands' families would find them. The Chinese police investigated and eventually returned them to Vietnam" (para 31).
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Some escape to back to Vietnam with help from the authorities. But cracking down on trafficking is no easy matter, as the mountainous terrain of Northern Vietnam makes it difficult to monitor the border" (para 12). "The Vietnamese police are sometimes able to rescue women even after they have crossed into China, by enlisting the help of Chinese authorities. Nguyen Tuong Long, the head of the government's social vice prevention department in Lao Cai, says last year they rescued and returned 109 Vietnamese trafficking victims. 'Because of cooperation between the Vietnamese and the Chinese police, we have found and caught trafficking rings,' Nguyen says. 'We've found women far inside China, ...more
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Pictured, girls reading leaflets designed to educate them about the threat of sex trafficking at a market in Northern Vietnam" (para 8). "Some escape to back to Vietnam with help from the authorities. But cracking down on trafficking is no easy matter, as the mountainous terrain of Northern Vietnam makes it difficult to monitor the border" (para 12). " . . . Ha Thi Van Khanh, national project coordinator for the U.N.'s anti-trafficking organization in Vietnam" (para 16). "Diep Vuong started the Pacific Links Foundation to combat trafficking in Vietnam" (para 17). "The Pacific Links Foundation runs a shelter for trafficking victims in the city of Lao Cai, northern Vietnam. ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Since 1997, Isha L’Isha has been part of a coalition of organizations working against trafficking in women in Israel, and since 2002, we have operated the Fighting against Trafficking in Women Project. The project works on several levels: direct assistance to women, public awareness raising activities, building coalitions, and advocating policy change. Throughout the years, we assisted more than 1,600 women who had been trafficked and exploited for purposes of the sex industry. The strong connections we established with these women led us to question the place of trafficked women in the public consciousness and the social responsibility over this phenomenon. In the lastnumber of years, the project has expanded ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"You know when the "anti-human trafficking caravan" is in town. The loudspeakers blare as the large white bus moves slowly through eastern India's towns and villages and an animated voice calls on residents - young and old - to come and join the fun. And the fun really is fun - ranging from music, dance performances and street plays to puppet shows, movies and exhibitions - but all have a serious message: 'Be Alert, Raise Alarm. Stop human trafficking'" (para 1-2). "The [anti-human trafficking] caravan is the brainchild of the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata and is a novel attempt to raise public awareness about trafficking and slavery in a country ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:58 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"She's brought before the court to depose against the trafficker, who is a powerful person who has strong links in the community and the community is supporting him," he says. "So in these circumstances, it's very tough for that lady to stand by her statement" (para 21).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Human trafficking is on the rise in Vietnam, although poor crime statistics means the government doesn’t know exactly by how much. Advocacy groups say victims are increasingly being lured on social media" (para 1). "Southeast Asia ranks among the world’s worst regions for human trafficking, accounting for a third of all the women and children trafficked worldwide, said Paul Priest, of the International Organization for Migration’s office in Vietnam, at the 14 July event. The issue has been well documented in other countries in the region – the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in a 2013 report that 26,400 people are trafficked to Thailand every year, many ...more
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2). The report said there was evidence Backpage knowingly faciliated prositution and sex trafficking (ENB-Coder Comment)."Lois Lee, founder of Children of the Night, a Van Nuys-based nonprofit that rescues children from sex work, credited Backpage with ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-DATA-1

"There were reports of female victims of trafficking among refugees and workers crossing the border [from North Korea] into China"(1)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of female victims of trafficking among refugees and workers crossing the border into China"(1)."There were reports of trafficking in young girls to destinations outside the country. Little information was available regarding the sexual exploitation of children"(14)
Oct. 26, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-4, GP-DATA-5

"92 percent wanted to escape prostitution"(para 9). This result is from a study of 105 Native women in Minnesota who have been sexually trafficked (ENB-Coder Comment)."'Garden of Truth' researchers hope that the report, in addition to providing essential information on a largely ignored problem, will lead to the creation of culturally specific treatment for sexually exploited Native women"(para 11)
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"A New York State approach of treating women – accused of prostitution-related offences – as the victims of trafficking has caused consternation as well as praise. In October, I spent a day in the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court (HTIC), founded in 2004, and used as a model for a statewide 11-court program which began nine years later. So far, over 3,000 defendants have passed through their doors. The concept behind the HTIC is to help women caught up in the sex trade, to recover from their experiences, and to exit prostitution. A defendant can be referred to drug treatment or immigrant legal services, as well as being offered general ...more
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)