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Latest items for TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

June 29, 2022, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"The Committee commends the State party on its efforts to strengthen its legal and policy framework to combat trafficking in women and girls, including the establishment of a task force on human trafficking. Nevertheless, the Committee finds regrettable the lack of information on the enforcement of Law No. 21/2007 on the eradication of the crime of trafficking in persons and on the implementation of the National Action Plan on Prevention of Trafficking in Persons, including on any increase of the budget allocated to the Plan. It is also concerned about the absence of a standardized early identification and referral system, remedies and reintegration assistance for trafficking victims, as well as...more
June 21, 2022, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Guyana

"The Committee welcomes the launch of a national plan of action for the prevention of and response to trafficking in persons for the period 2019–2020 and the opening of a safe house in Georgetown and of two transit facilities for victims of trafficking outside Georgetown. It is concerned, however, that Guyanese women and girls, particularly from hinterland areas and vulnerable communities, continue to be trafficked within the territory of the State party and abroad, and that the State party continues to be a source and destination country for trafficking in women and girls, in particular from Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Suriname and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), for purposes of...more
June 21, 2022, 8:35 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"The Committee welcomes the adoption in 2015 of the Modern Slavery Act, the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) and the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act, which introduce new criminal offences for trafficking in persons, slavery, servitude and forced and compulsory labour. However, the Committee is concerned that the definition of trafficking as set out in the Modern Slavery Act is conditioned on travel of the victim" (8). "The Committee remains concerned about obstacles faced by women belonging to marginalized groups, such as asylum-seeking and refugee women, migrant women, Roma and Traveller women, and victims of trafficking in gaining access to healthcare...more
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark

"In order to meet new developments and challenges, the efforts in the national action plans have regularly been supplemented with other initiatives. This includes, for example, outreach work and development of methods to identify victims of trafficking in new forms of prostitution such as escort and private/discrete (as recommended in concluding observation 22), development of new methods for outreach work among potential victims of forced labour and a strengthened effort to screen for trafficking among unaccompanied minors in asylum centers. The new action plan for 2019–2021 continues and further develops previous efforts and ensures that Denmark continues to meet international obligations. Focus is on authorities’ flexibility to meet new developments...more
June 7, 2022, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: China

"In 2009, the relevant authorities of the Chinese Government, together with the All-China Women’s Federation and other organizations, jointly carried out in 15 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) the 'Prevent Trafficking and Ensure Safe Childhood' campaign, which involved trafficking prevention advocacy and services along railways and other traffic thoroughfares and in communities with a large floating population, targeting migrant women and children. On March 8 of both 2009 and 2010, anti-trafficking advocacy activities were carried out across the country on the theme of 'Care for Women and Fight against Trafficking'" (27). "Civil affairs, public security and other authorities have strengthened identification, rescue and protection of the victims while providing mental...more
May 30, 2022, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland

"In Switzerland, the main purpose of trafficking in human beings is the sexual exploitation of women. In recent years, the number of investigations and verdicts on trafficking in human beings has been growing, as inter-cantonal and international cooperation has become much greater. Even now, in Switzerland, cases of human trafficking with the aim of exploiting the victims’ labour rarely give rise to prosecution, which suggests that the offence remains hidden. Police investigations would indicate that the following sectors are particularly vulnerable to this form of exploitation: care, housekeeping, agriculture, and hotels and restaurants. The measures taken against human trafficking for the exploitation of labour are focused on preventive legislation such...more
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname

"The Ministry of Justice and Police has implemented a series of activities in the sphere of awareness, training stakeholders such as civil servants, media workers, religious leaders, representatives of NGOs, private companies and trade unions. An anti trafficking webpage and Anti Trafficking Hotline of the Police Corps have been launched" (16). "In 2006, a special Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit was established as part of the Police Corps, tasked with investigation of cases of human trafficking and with education and awareness on trafficking. This unit regularly inspects brothels in the coastal area and in the interior, to identify victims of prostitution and trafficking. The Public Prosecutor’s Department also established a...more
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation, sale, and offering for prostitution of children, in addition to child pornography. Officials from the Ministry for Public Security continued to prosecute cases of sexual abuse of children, including within indigenous communities. Ministry officials believed that commercial sexual exploitation of children occurred, including in tourist areas in Panama City and in beach communities, although they did not keep separate statistics..." (13). "The National Commission for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents conducted 59 awareness meetings in vulnerable communities, with the participation of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Development. Its actions focused on regions sensitive to sexual...more
April 29, 2022, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"The Committee notes the seminars organized by the State party to exchange experiences of combating trafficking in women and girls and victim protection, and the cooperation at the regional and international levels. However, it notes with concern: (a) The absence of a national action plan on trafficking and a coordination entity at the federal level" (8).
April 18, 2022, 10:31 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique

"The Committee notes with concern that women and girls are trafficked for purposes of domestic servitude, forced labour and sexual exploitation. It is particularly concerned about: The insufficient capacity and lack of effective procedures for early identification and referral of victims of trafficking, including undocumented migrants; The absence of data on cases of trafficking in women and girls, including their organs, the number of investigations, prosecutions and convictions and the sentences imposed on traffickers; Reports of sexual violence against women and girls who are victims of trafficking by public officials; ...The lack of State-run shelters for women and girls who are victims of trafficking and exploitation of prostitution and the...more
March 25, 2022, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo

"Ten shelters for victims of domestic violence housed victims of trafficking and other crimes. Both NGOs and shelters reported concerns the government consistently underfunds and delays payment to ensure their functioning" (23). "The government maintained a National Authority against Trafficking in Persons that investigated cases of child labor trafficking" (31).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia

"According to NGOs, although official statistics showed relatively few cases of sexual exploitation and sale of children, there were numerous undetected and unreported cases caused by gaps in legislation, training, awareness raising, detection, and reporting" (33).
March 21, 2022, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Serbia

"While noting the legislative, institutional and policy measures taken to combat trafficking in persons, including the adoption of the National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking (2009-2011), the Committee remains concerned about: (a) The significant delays in the adoption of a new action plan to combat trafficking in human beings; (b) The lack of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for women victims of trafficking and insufficient resources allocated to such programmes; and (c) The lack of cooperation with civil society organizations working on trafficking" (7).
March 10, 2022, 10:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"The ISF, DGS, and judicial officials improved enforcement of the country’s antitrafficking law, which prohibits the sexual exploitation of children. NGOs provided training throughout the year to increase police and judicial officials’ sensitivity to the issue and reported increased numbers of potential victims that authorities referred to NGO-run shelters and victim protection programs... Separately, four trainings were conducted for DGS officers on countertrafficking and identification of victims of human trafficking" (34-35).
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru

"PNP officials at all levels were implicated in corruption scandals during the year. In September, PNP commander Manuel Hiraldo Morillo Cribilleros, head of the Criminal Division of Puerto Maldonado in the Madre de Dios region, was arrested during a large-scale law enforcement operation targeting the Los Brothers human trafficking ring. Morillo was suspected of being involved in sex trafficking and corruption" (12). "The law requires all government authorities, courts, and social service institutions to use the 'best interests of the child' standard in all decisions affecting these children. The law imposes stiff prison sentences for sexual exploitation of children, abusing minors, and child trafficking, but these crimes were sometimes confused...more
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy

" the last years the National Counsellor for Equality launched specific awareness campaigns on the role of women in the economy and: the use of part-time work for men and women as a tool for reconciling work and family life and the fight against women trafficking (the No-Trafficking Programme, in collaboration with the Department for Equal Opportunities)" (16). "In the field of migration, in September 2007, it was sponsored by the Department of Equal Opportunity in collaboration with the EQUAL project, the information and awareness campaign on trafficking in human beings, called 'Trafficking NO! Another point of view'” (31). "Italian support to global campaigns strengthened both at the political and...more
March 4, 2022, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Fiji

"Commercial sexual exploitation of children continued. It is an offense for any person to buy or hire a child younger than age 18 for sex, exploitation in prostitution, or other unlawful purpose; the offense is punishable by a maximum 12 years’ imprisonment. No prosecutions or convictions for trafficking of children occurred during the year. It is an offense for a householder or innkeeper to allow commercial sexual exploitation of children in his or her premises. There were no known prosecutions or convictions for such offenses during the year" (17).
Feb. 28, 2022, 3:29 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"The penalties for sexual offenses against children and the commercial sexual exploitation of children range up to life imprisonment. Authorities enforced the law" (16). "There are legislative gaps in the prohibition of trafficking in children for labor exploitation and the use of children for commercial sexual exploitation on the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and St. Helena-Ascension-Tristan da Cunha... The government did not effectively enforce the law, and penalties are not sufficient to deter violations" (22).
Feb. 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"...In September, Liliana Campo Puello, whom authorities charged with running an extensive child trafficking ring for the purposes of sexual exploitation, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Her father, Carlos Enrique Campo Caballero, was also convicted and sentenced to 56 months’ imprisonment. The judge in the case accused Puello of continuing to operate the trafficking ring while imprisoned. In 2018 authorities in Cartagena arrested Puello as part of a three-day operation, during which they arrested 18 persons and charged them with the sexual exploitation of more than 250 women and girls. Prosecutors alleged that some of the women and girls were tattooed and trafficked for purposes...more
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay

"...The Special Directorate to Fight the Trafficking of Persons and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, however, increased child and forced labor investigations in the Chaco region, where the worst forms of child labor, human trafficking, and debt bondage were most prevalent. Penalties for violations include up to 20 years in prison, but enforcement was minimal, and penalties were insufficient to deter violations" (20). "...The government continued antitrafficking law enforcement and training efforts for teenagers entering the workforce but provided limited protective services to female and child trafficking victims. The ministry continued anti-child-labor information campaigns, in addition to campaigns promoting labor rights specific to the Chaco region" (20).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Romania

We have seen some convictions in the data (SFR - CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Thailand

"Child sex trafficking remained a problem and the country continued to be a destination for child sex tourism, although the government continued to make efforts to combat the problem" (35). "[P]olice arrested parents who forced their children into prostitution" (35). "The Thailand Internet Crimes against Children task force investigated 19 cases of child-sex trafficking " (46).
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 16 for boys and girls. The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. Authorities partially enforced the law, but exploitation of children and child prostitution remained a problem. Girls were exploited in prostitution in bars, roadside clubs, and restaurants. Child prostitution appeared to be most prevalent in Maputo Province and the provinces of Nampula, Beira and Manica, border towns, and at overnight stopping points along key transportation routes. Some NGOs provided health care, counseling, and vocational training to children, primarily girls, engaged in prostitution" (17). "...Criminal law enforcement officers work with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Action...more
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"In 2017 the national gendarmerie officially launched a morals and minors protection unit with responsibility for protecting children, including rape victims in rural areas not covered by the national police’s morals and minors brigade. The Ministry of Justice, collaborating with UNICEF and telecommunications companies, implemented a website called Arozaza (protect the child) that is intended to combat online sexual exploitation of minors and warn potential abusers. The website includes a form to report child endangerment or online pornography. The Ministry of Population operated approximately 750 programs covering 22 regions throughout the country to protect children from abuse and exploitation. The ministry collaborated with UNICEF to identify child victims and provide...more
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India

We have seen convictions in the data (SFR - CODER COMMENT). "Some states have laws to curb sex trafficking and sexual abuse of women and girls in temple service. Enforcement of these laws remained lax, and the problem was widespread" (46).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic

"The government conducted programs to combat the sexual exploitation of minors" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Belize

"The Family Services Division in the Ministry of Human Development is the government office with the lead responsibility for children’s problems. The division...investigated cases of human trafficking in children, and worked with local and international NGOs and UNICEF to promote children’s welfare" (13). "There were anecdotal reports that boys and girls were exploited through child prostitution, including through the 'sugar daddy' syndrome whereby older men provided money to minors, their families, or both for sexual relations. Similarly, there were reports of increasing exploitation of minors, often to meet the demand of foreign sex tourists in tourist-populated areas or where there were transient and seasonal workers. The law criminalizes the procurement...more
Jan. 11, 2022, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Japan

"The continued practice of enjo kosai ('compensated dating') and the existence of websites for online dating, social networking, and 'delivery health' (a euphemism for call-girl or escort services) facilitated the sex trafficking of children and other commercial sex industries. The government’s interagency taskforce to combat child sex trafficking in joshi kosei (or 'JK' businesses)--dating services connecting adult men with underage girls--and in forced pornography continued to strengthen its crackdown on such businesses. In 2018 authorities identified 137 of these operations nationwide. A total of 69 individuals alleged to have been engaged in unspecified criminal activities surrounding the JK business were arrested, and seven major prefectures passed ordinances banning JK businesses,...more
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines

"While authorities endeavored to enforce the law, inadequate prosecutorial resources and capacity to analyze computer evidence were challenges to effective enforcement. The government made serious efforts to address these crimes and collaborated with foreign law enforcement, NGOs, and international organizations. In October the Department of Justice’s Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking partnered with the International Justice Mission, the Digital Freedom Network, and others to conduct several Prosecuting Online Sexual Exploitation training seminars for prosecutors and law enforcement officers on both prosecuting cases and obtaining and presenting digital evidence. Alumni of this program successfully convicted 33 online sexual exploitation of children cases in the year to October" (29). "Children continued to be...more
Jan. 8, 2022, 9:32 p.m.
Countries: Morocco

We have seen convictions in the data (SFR - CODER COMMENT). "Europe-bound human smuggling and human trafficking decreased after January following a government of Morocco and EU agreement. Moroccan authorities cooperated with Spanish and EU authorities to thwart trafficking networks and arrest smugglers" (23).