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April 18, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Suriname

"Chinese immigrants were subjected to sex and labor trafficking in the mining, service, and construction sectors" (18).
April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan

"(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; (b) Girls, mostly from rural areas, are frequently subjected to exploitative domestic work; (c) There is a lack of data on women in prostitution and on exploitation of prostitution in drayangs (entertainment centres)" (7).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China

"[Hong Kong] There were reports of girls under the age of 18 from some countries in Asia being subjected to sex trafficking in the SAR" (page 115). "[Hong Kong] There were some reports that girls from some countries in Asia were subjected to commercial sexual exploitation (see section 6, Children)" (page 122). "[Macau] There were reports forced labor occurred in conjunction with commercial sexual exploitation of migrant women" (page 138). "[Macau] Child labor occurred. Some children reportedly worked in family-operated or small businesses, while others were subject to commercial sexual exploitation (see section 6, Children)" (page 139).
April 11, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador

"The country is a destination for Colombian, Peruvian, Paraguayan, and Cuban women and girls exploited in sex trafficking, domestic servitude, and forced begging" (p. 31).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"The trafficking of children for sexual purposes was a problem, and child prostitution for survival at the behest of parents or without third-party involvement occurred. In urban areas, bar and rest house owners recruited girls as young as 12 from rural areas to do household work such as cleaning and cooking but then coerced them to engage in sex work with customers in exchange for room and board" (para 102).
March 29, 2019, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: North Korea

"Reports of various exploitation schemes targeting North Korean refugees, such as forced marriages, forced labor, and prostitution, were common" (page 43).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China

"Reports of various exploitation schemes targeting North Korean refugees, such as forced marriages, forced labor, and prostitution, were common" (page 43). "Kidnapping, buying, and selling children for adoption reportedly increased, particularly in poor rural areas, but there were no reliable estimates of the number of children kidnapped. Government authorities regularly estimated that fewer than 10,000 children were abducted per year. Media reports and experts sources noted, however, that as many as 70,000 may be kidnapped every year. 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...more
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria

"There were reports of forced marriages of women and girls for sexual slavery among Da’esh fighters" (para 9). "In August 2014 Da’esh reportedly abducted thousands of Yezidi women from Iraq and brought them to Syria for sale in markets or as rewards for Da’esh fighters. Held as slaves, Da’esh fighters subjected them and other captured women and girls to repeated sexual violence, forced marriages, and coerced abortions. In interviews with the COI, they described multiple rapes by several men, including incidents of gang rape. Numerous NGOs and activists also reported that Da’esh fighters raped women in Da’esh-held areas or forced them to marry Da’esh fighters. As of September most of...more
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco

"Labor inspectors did not inspect small workshops and private homes where the majority of such practices occurred, as the law requires a warrant to search a private residence . . . Local NGOs reported that an undetermined number of Filipina and Indonesian domestic workers filed suits against their former employers. These suits included significant indicators of potential trafficking abuses, such as withholding passports or wages. Information on disposition of these cases was not available. Reports indicated that forced labor, especially of children, occurred (see section 7.c.) . . . The overwhelming majority of child laborers worked in rural areas, according to the government’s statistical agency, the High Planning Commission. Some...more
March 11, 2019, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland

"Although trafficking is illegal, the fuel for it - prostitution - is not. Until 2013, it was perfectly legal here to pay for sex with 16-year-old girls. Now it’s 18 and the trade is booming" (para 6).
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania

"There was one conviction for slavery during the year, and the government initiated judicial proceedings against other alleged slave masters . . . Slavery-like practices, which typically flowed from ancestral master-slave relationships and involved both adults and children, continued throughout the year. Former slaves and their descendants remained in a dependent status in part due to a lack of marketable skills, poverty, and persistent drought. Such practices occurred primarily in areas where educational levels were generally low or a barter economy still prevailed, and in urban centers, including Nouakchott, where domestic servitude was relatively common. The practices commonly occurred where there was a need for workers to herd livestock, tend...more
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"The law criminalizes the various acts associated with bacha bazi, including not only sexual exploitation of a minor, but also forced dancing" (29). "There were reports from Badakhshan Province that Taliban militants bought young women to sell into forced marriage" (30).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

“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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

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

"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

"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).