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Latest items for TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Other human rights problems included . . . rape of and domestic violence against women and girls; female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); human trafficking; societal discrimination against black Tuaregs, who were subjected to slavery-related practices; discrimination based on sexual orientation; and discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS and albinism. Authorities often disregarded workers’ rights, and exploitative labor, including child labor, was common" (page 1). "Primarily before the peace accord went into effect on June 20, elements within the Platform--including the Imghad Tuareg and Allies Self Defense Group (GATIA)-- and separatist armed groups--including the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA), the High Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA), and...more
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes with concern: (a) That the State party is a country of origin, transit and destination for trafficking in persons for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour, as well as the heightened risk of sex trafficking for women and children in the Pacific coastal zones and for transgender persons and migrant women and girls" (6-7).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"According to government and press statements, the EPP and ACA increased their recruitment of children and adolescents to participate in military operations and serve in logistical and communication support roles. In December 2014 authorities discovered additional video evidence of two minors participating as combatants in the ACA. On September 6, authorities detained a female minor who had appeared bearing weapons in recently released ACA promotional materials" (page 13). "Sexual exploitation of children, principally in prostitution, was a serious problem. According to the SNNA, many children were exploited in prostitution or forced into domestic service" (page 24). "CODEHUPY and other NGOs documented widespread trafficking in persons, rape, sexual harassment, and physical...more
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Nevertheless, it remains concerned at the high incidence of trafficking in persons, in particular women and girls, for purposes of sexual exploitation. It notes with concern that women and girls from rural areas, indigenous communities and communities of African descent are at high risk of becoming victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation or forced labour; b)Ensure that victims of trafficking have free and immediate access to shelters, medical care, psychosocial counselling, legal assistance and specialized rehabilitation and reintegration services" (7-8).
Jan. 23, 2019, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Maria was just 16 when she moved in with her boyfriend, in the town where she grew up in Romania, and had a baby. He turned violent; four years later, although she was pregnant with her second child, she moved out. After a few failed attempts to reconcile, Maria’s ex-boyfriend came to visit her at her mother’s house. He took her to a field where two cars were waiting. The men in the cars handed Maria’s boyfriend 1,500 euros, then grabbed Maria. They took her to a house where she was kept prisoner for several months. She was repeatedly raped and beaten. Maria was later re-sold for 1,000 euros plus...more
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The Government of Lao PDR emphasizes the importance of combating anti-trafficking and exploitation of women and children including for the purpose of child labour and prostitution of women and children" (Pg 21). "In 2014 the Secretariat of the Steering Committee on Human Trafficking has conducted a survey on labour migration and other high risk groups in 3 northern provinces namely: Houaphanh, Xiengkhouang and Luang Prabang and the survey has extended to other southern provinces" (Pg 22).
Jan. 3, 2019, 2:19 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

“In the remote north of Vietnam, girls are disappearing. These girls, some as young as 13, are victims of bride trafficking, having been kidnapped and taken to China to be sold into marriage. According to child rights organization Plan International, this type of forced marriage has been growing slowly but steadily over the past decade. Exacerbated by a decades-long one-child policy, a preference for sons is deeply embedded within Chinese society, leading to a growing gender imbalance within the country” (para 1-3). "Life for this community is extremely hard. Another tactic traffickers use is spending months getting to know a girl, pretending to be a new friend or boyfriend, before...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The country was not a destination for child sex tourism; however, the International Organization for Migration reported some children were victims of sexual exploitation through prostitution; the extent of the problem was not known" (page 19). "Some forced labor and forced child labor occurred in the form of domestic work in third-party households, begging, street vending, and seasonal agricultural work (see section 7.c.) . . . Children were subjected to commercial sexual exploitation and used in illicit activities, including drug trafficking, which are worst forms of child labor (section 6, Children)" (page 23).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Some forced labor and forced child labor occurred in the form of domestic work in third-party households, begging, street vending, and seasonal agricultural work (see section 7.c.) . . . Children were subjected to commercial sexual exploitation and used in illicit activities, including drug trafficking (see section 6, Children)" (page 28-29).
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is particularly concerned at: (a) The prevalence of trafficking in women and girls for purposes of labour and sexual exploitation . . . (d) Information on the complicity of law enforcement officers in the exploitation of women for prostitution, including the running of brothels, even though it is illegal under the Sexual Offences Act to sell and buy sexual services, and at the lack of information on exit programmes for women who wish to leave prostitution." (page 7-8).
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Many forms of child abuse, including... trafficking, continued to be serious and widespread problems" (27). "Some individuals recruited to work overseas with fraudulent employment offers subsequently were exploited abroad under conditions of forced labor or debt bondage... Some instances of bonded labor and domestic service were reported, predominately in rural areas. Children and adults were forced into domestic servitude and bonded labor that involved restricted movement, nonpayment of wages, threats, and physical or sexual abuse" (36).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"There were numerous allegations of refugee exploitation, including illegal work schemes, housing manipulation, and human smuggling. . . Other media stories documented forced prostitution and brideselling among Syrian refugees. On September 29, authorities reported finding 24 Syrians living in a two-room basement slum in the border town of Edirne" (page 45). "Forced labor generally did not occur, although some families sent their children to work on the streets selling items and begging (see section 7.c.). . . . The government and NGOs reported traffickers increasingly used psychological coercion, threats, and debt bondage to compel victims into sex trafficking. . . . The Labor Ministry asserted it had no evidence of...more
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:06 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"According to journalist Vered Lee from Haaretz newspaper, who tracks the phenomenon in Israel, the sex industry in Israel has changed in recent years. At the beginning of the 21st century, the industry was based on trafficking in women from the former Soviet Union" (para 14).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:49 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

Case studies reveal trafficking for forced labor and forced marriage. Kachin women were captured in Burma and in China and trafficked to other provinces of China. When victims were able to call police, they were imprisoned for a few months before being sent to trafficking shelters, government offices, and/or given border passes to return home (page 34-36).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"While all women in Burma face the same struggle to enjoy their rights under CEDAW, rural and ethnic women face additional hurdles and specific harms such as trafficking, unequal access to education and healthcare, land insecurity and the devastating impact of drug production and trade. Moreover, rural and ethnic women are directly implicated by armed conflict and the quest for peace. This gap between the experiences of women in cities and urban settings versus those of ethic women in rural areas must be understood and taken account when analyzing the status of women’s rights in Burma" (page 1). "Burma remains 'a source country for men, women, and children subjected to...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1

"Belgian girls and foreign children were subjected to sex trafficking within the country" (10).
Nov. 15, 2018, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"When Philippine police smashed into the one-bedroom house, they found three girls aged 11, seven and three lying naked on a bed. At the other end of the room stood the mother of two of the children – the third was her niece – and her eldest daughter, aged 13, who was typing on a keyboard. A live webcam feed on the computer screen showed the faces of three white men glaring out" (para 1-2). "Then more cases of live-streaming child abuse appeared in different parts of the Philippines" (6).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"It is concerned that victims of trafficking are being subjected not only to sexual and labour exploitation, but are also forced to serve, inter alia, as mules and sexual slaves" (6).
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Other reported abuses included: sex and labor trafficking . . . and child labor" (page 1). "Forced labor occurred. Migrant workers were considered most at risk for forced or compulsory labor. Reports varied on the number of labor migrants in the country. Estimates ranged from 300,000 to 750,000, with the majority of migrant workers coming from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Migrant workers found employment primarily in agriculture and construction. The Ministry of Health and Social Development is responsible for handling issues related to migrant labor" (page 37-38).
Oct. 29, 2018, 8:17 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"In August, police in northern Uttar Pradesh state rescued 20 girls and three boys from a home where they were sold for sex. That raid came just weeks after police rescued nearly 30 girls who were sexually assaulted and tortured at a shelter in Bihar state" (para 13-14).
Oct. 27, 2018, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"In some cases, girls are offered money in exchange for sex without ever being told what it is, highlighting a huge gap in education and understanding, even among their parents. Miss Nelmane, who gave birth at 12, was offered 200 mezcals (£2.60) to go back to a man’s house after meeting him at the market. He got her pregnant and then disappeared from town. 'I didn’t know how you got pregnant, or what sex was,' she said quietly" (para 33-35).
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Among areas where it occurred, including in the southeast gold mining region of Kedougou, exploitation of women and girls in prostitution was a problem. . . . There were no reports of child sex tourism" (page 18). "The government did not effectively enforce applicable laws against forced labor, and such practices continued to occur, particularly forced child labor, including forced begging by children in Quranic schools (see sections 6 and 7.c.). Some children in these schools (“daaras”) were kept in conditions of servitude, being forced to work daily, generally in street begging, and had to meet a daily quota for money (or sometimes sugar or rice) to their teachers. Despite...more
Oct. 12, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"In addition to paying large sums of money to their traffickers, Nigerian VoTs often submitted to a voodoo rite which bound them by ‘contract’ to their traffickers. The so-called contract, among other things, prohibits victims from revealing the names of their traffickers and other details that may lead to the identification of exploiters — victims are too scared to break it because they are made to fear that “bad things” will happen to them and their families if they do" (para 4). "Some like Precious, a seventeen-year-old Nigerian girl who was assisted by IOM in Italy, often cannot sleep because they are afraid the voodoo rite will kill them. So...more
Oct. 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"In Pakistan, underage girls who are sold off by their families frequently end up as sex slaves, servants, or wives to wealthy men in communities where it is common for men to have several wives" (para. 14).
Oct. 4, 2018, 9:54 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"In the Devadasis belt, in Bellary and Koppal districts of Karnataka, the virginity of girls is auctioned off among the upper caste people. After this, girls spend rest of their lives as prostitutes, while earning for their families. The Devadasis community worships Hindu Goddess Yelamma. Devadasis literally means 'slave of God'. According to the beliefs followed here, girls are married to the Goddess Yelamma, after which they dedicate their lives in the name of religion. Besides Karnataka, the Devadasi system continues in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In 1982, devadasi system was outlawed, but it is still widely practiced" (para 16-19).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Organized criminal elements, including local and transnational gangs and narcotics traffickers, were significant perpetrators of violent crimes, and committed acts of murder, extortion, kidnapping, torture, human trafficking, and intimidation of journalists, women, and human rights defenders" (para 2). "The commercial sexual exploitation of children, especially in prostitution, continued to be a problem. The country was a destination for child sex tourism" (para 117)
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"UNAMI reported that by year’s end Da’esh held approximately 3,500 persons in slavery, predominantly women and children from the Yezidi community, as well as other ethnic and religious minorities from the Sinjar District of Ninewa Governorate. On June 25, according to UNAMI, Da’esh moved 42 Yezidi women to Mayadeen, Deir ez Zor Governorate in eastern Syria, and sold them to Da’esh fighters for amounts ranging from 553,180 dinars to 2.2 million dinars ($500 to $2,000) each" (para 110). "During the year Da’esh continued to kidnap women and girls, sell, rent, or gift them as forced “brides” (a euphemism for forced marriage or sexual slavery) to Da’esh fighters and commanders, and...more
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1

"There were several reports of child exploitation and trafficking during the year. In July, two underaged female victims of a child prostitution ring were rescued by police after a group of men reportedly tricked the girls into using drugs and taking pornographic pictures...The MPS reported it received two cases of child prostitution between January and September" (21).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Men, women, and children were subjected to labor trafficking in agriculture, construction, domestic service, hotels, and manufacturing. Organized rings, often involving family members, forced persons, including significant numbers of Romani women and children as well as women and children from Moldova, to engage in begging and petty theft" (38).
Sept. 10, 2018, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The new figures reveal the shocking extent of forced marriage in Britain – a crime that experts say should be investigated and prosecuted as a form of modern slavery" (para. 4). "Last week’s landmark conviction resulted in a mother from Birmingham being jailed for four-and-a-half years for duping her 17-year-old daughter into travelling abroad and forcing her into marriage" (para. 7). "Its director, Jasvinder Sanghera, said: 'We know there are thousands of women and girls in Britain – but men, too – living behind closed doors in forced marriages, yet the crime is woefully under-reported. Treated as slaves and subjected to threats and violence, victims endure the added burden of...more