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Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives

"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

"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

"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
Sept. 5, 2018, 3 p.m.
Countries: India

"From indigenous Canadians to tribal women in India, most victims of sexual exploitation are women and girls from the world's most marginalised communities, activists said on Monday, calling for an end to prostitution and the global sex trade. Sexual slavery is widespread in these communities, whether in poor districts of the United States or townships in South Africa, where deprivation leaves women and girls vulnerable to exploitation" (Para 1-2).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar

"According to Maxime Boutry, it is common for severely indebted families to sell their daughters' virginity to repay their loan. 'This is the most obvious link between debt and [the] sex trade … for one girl's virginity it is 5 lakh (roughly $370) for the family, this is a really big amount of money that they can not earn anywhere else'" (para 33). "It is not clear who is creating the market for virgins, but some fear that it might be Chinese businessmen who believe that having sexual intercourse with a virgin will cure them of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV" (para 35).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: India

"Eleven people have been arrested in India on suspicion of duping single women into selling their newborn babies and trafficking the infants inside biscuit containers to an adoption centre to be sold on to childless couples, police said on Wednesday" (para 1). "Police said initial investigations indicated that unmarried girls and women who visited the clinic for an abortion were persuaded by staff to give birth and sell their babies" (para 7). "Babies were also stolen from women who delivered at the clinic, but who were told by staff that their children were stillborn. Some were even shown the bodies of stillborn babies preserved by the clinic to dupe parents,...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:07 a.m.
Countries: Italy

"Italy is merely the entry point; from there, women are traded and sold to madams all over Europe" (para 84). This article is focusing on the trafficking of Nigerian women into Italy, mostly as sex workers (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"By the end of the decade, according to a report commissioned by the United Nations, “the fear of aids rendered drug-addicted Italian girls unattractive on the prostitution market”; Nigerians from Edo State largely filled the demand" (para 18). The Nigerian women were/are being trafficked out as sex workers into European countries, such as Italy due to the increase in demand (AA-CODER COMMENT). "By the mid-nineties, most Edo women who went to Europe in this way “were probably aware that they would have to engage in prostitution to repay their debts,” according to the U.N. report. “They were, however, unaware of the conditions of violent and aggressive exploitation that they would...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines

"Child prostitution continued to be a serious problem, and the country remained a destination for child sex tourism by clients from the Philippines, U.S., Middle East, Europe, Australia, and other East Asian countries" (29).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:56 a.m.
Countries: Thailand

"Thai women historically have been used as chattel. F.A. Neale’s book, ‘Residence in Siam’, written in the late 19th century, explains that he witnessed fathers taking their unmarried 13 year old daughters, “having reached their expiration date”, to their shops to be “ sold to the highest bidder”, or even “sold to Arab merchants”. Dok Kaew, the practice of selling off a daughter at a young age to a male buyer – although not available until she came of age – was evident in Thailand until the ’90s" (para 5).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago

"There were allegations that some police officers had close relationships with gang leaders and that police, customs, and immigration officers often accepted bribes to facilitate drug, weapons, and human trafficking. There were also allegations that police officers participated directly in the trafficking of persons and commonly frequented illegal brothels" (11).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine

"Many children had to rely on informal networks for food, shelter, and other needs and remained vulnerable to abuse, trafficking, and other forms of exploitation" (32). "Sexual exploitation of children, however, remained significantly underreported. Commercial sexual exploitation of children remained a serious problem" (41). "The International Organization for Migration reported that children from socially disadvantaged families and those in state custody continued to be at high risk of trafficking and exploitation for commercial sexual exploitation and the production of pornography" (42).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:43 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela

"There continued to be isolated reports of children exploited in domestic servitude, mining, forced begging, and commercial sexual exploitation of children" (43).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"[The Committee] is concerned about: ...That migrant women and girls, especially women domestic workers, are at a high risk of sexual and labour exploitation; That women and girls migrating abroad are often victimized by fraudulent recruitment agencies and brokers for international marriage" (9).
Sept. 4, 2018, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe

"Girls from towns bordering South Africa, Zambia, and Mozambique were subjected to prostitution in brothels that catered to longdistance truck drivers" (38).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Qatar

"Trafficking in persons, primarily in the domestic worker and labor sectors, was a significant problem" (1).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Peru

"There were continuing reports that the Shining Path abducted children to work for the terrorist organization during the year. In July security forces rescued 54 indigenous Ashaninka people who the Shining Path held in remote jungle villages, some for as long as three decades. The rescued group comprised 20 adults and 34 children, most of whom were women and girls" (8). These abduction practices can be considered a form of trafficking (AA-CODER COMMENT)
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique

"Underage girls were exploited in prostitution in bars, roadside clubs, and restaurants in border towns and overnight stopping points along the southern transport corridor that links Maputo, Swaziland, and South Africa. Child prostitution appeared to be most prevalent in Maputo, Nampula, Beira, border towns, and at overnight stopping points along key transportation routes" (18).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Morocco

"Children engaged in prostitution, and the country was a destination for sex tourism" (31). "Employers subjected children to the worst forms of child labor, including commercial sexual exploitation, sometimes as the result of human trafficking (see section 6, Children); forced domestic work, sometimes as the result of human trafficking; and forced labor in the production of artisan crafts and construction" (38).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.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. At local bars and rest houses, owners coerced girls as young as 12 to have sex with customers in exchange for room and board. For example a female bar owner arrested in September 2014 was found guilty in February of abduction and child trafficking" (19-20).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"The sexual exploitation of children, sometimes with the involvement of parents, remained a significant problem. The problem was particularly acute in Antananarivo and coastal cities, including Toamasina, Nosy Be, Diego Suarez, and Mahajunga. During her 2013 mission, the UN special rapporteur called the 'exponential growth' of child prostitution and sex tourism in the country 'alarming'" (20). "Some children were trafficked internally for the purposes of forced labor, including child prostitution" (28).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Egypt

"The media reported some child marriages were temporary marriages intended to mask child prostitution. Families sometimes forced adolescent girls to marry wealthy foreign men in what were known locally as 'tourism' or 'summer' marriages for the purpose of sexual exploitation, prostitution, or forced labor. On December 8, the Ministry of Justice introduced measures intended to close legal loopholes and make tourism marriages more difficult to obtain. It changed an existing and long-standing system whereby a foreign man who wanted to marry an Egyptian woman more than 25 years younger than he is must pay a fine. The measure increased the fine from LE 40,000 ($5,200) to LE 50,000 ($6,500). Women’s...more
Aug. 28, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Mali

"It is concerned that hereditary slavery has been on the rise since the conflict began in 2012 and that there is no effective mechanism of protection from prevailing forms of slavery, the sale of and trafficking in children, debt bondage, serfdom and forced or compulsory labour" (page 8).
Aug. 24, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar

"The State party remains a source country for trafficking in persons, in particular women and girls, for purposes of sexual and labour exploitation. The Committee is particularly concerned: (a) That women and girls continue to be trafficked to neighbouring and other countries for sexual and labour exploitation" (page 9).
Aug. 20, 2018, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines

". . . the Committee notes with concern that the State party remains a source country for international and internal trafficking, including for sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ transplantation" (page 7).
Aug. 15, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro

"Within the campaign of the Council of Europe against violence against children 'One out of five' a number of meetings were organized which treated the issue of special vulnerability of children in relation to various forms of exploitation, and by itself in relation to trafficking in children for the purpose of work exploitation, forced begging, commissioning of criminal acts, entering into forced marriages, selling of body organs, sexual exploitation through child prostitution and sex tourism, child pornography and abuse of children in armed conflicts . . . it was suggested to introduce a new criminal act — luring of a child in order to make a criminal act against sexual...more
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay

"The State party being both a transit and a destination country for trafficking in persons, especially women and girls" (page 8).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay

"In terms of prevention, Inmujeres has developed skills and sensitivities, from 2009 to the present, throughout the country, but especially in border departments. Detection and support tools have been developed, such as the support protocol for women victims of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation " (page 19).
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"While noting the policy and institutional measures taken to investigate and prosecute cases of killings of persons with albinism, the Committee is concerned that the number of prosecutions and convictions remains low. The Committee is deeply concerned about the discrimination, stigmatization and social exclusion faced by persons with albinism, including women and girls, and the severe threats to and attacks on their physical integrity, such as ritual killings, abductions, mutilation and sexual abuse" (page 14).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand

"The Interagency Working Group on people trafficking ensures that agencies share efforts made to combat all forms of trafficking. Systematic monitoring of the sex industry is conducted through compliance visits by the Labour Inspectorate. The New Zealand Customs Service and Immigration New Zealand use an intelligence-led approach incorporating electronic (pre arrival ATS-G) and trained officer profiling techniques to identify potential trafficking victims arriving in New Zealand. There are a number of specific profiles used, the most important being: the sex industry, horticulture, fishing and labour joining the Christchurch rebuild. Profiling is designed to identify persons coming to work in New Zealand without work visas — the lack of a work...more