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Latest items for TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

Jan. 29, 2024, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"[E]ducational and economic opportunities for women and girls and their families [are not enhanced], in particular among the Roma community [to reduce] exploitation by traffickers" (8). Lack of opportunities make these women and girls more vulnerable to trafficking (MV-coder comment).
Nov. 21, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The young women are being brought into Australia by so-called visa farms with no up-front costs which being are run by immigration agents working for Asian human trafficking rings" (para. 2). "Queensland Detective Inspector Brad Phelps, from the major crimes squad, said the women were 'moved like cattle across the country into different motels' and this was occurring up and down Australia's east coast" (para. 8). "He said they were being paid a pittance, or perhaps nothing at all, while making millions for the sex trafficking kingpins, who are believed to be Chinese nationals" (para. 9). "As an indication of the scale of such operations, leaked South Australian police briefings...more
Nov. 3, 2023, 5 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"As Haiti’s toxic slate of gangs continue to plunder the crisis-stricken Caribbean nation, kidnapping, displacing and extorting civilians with nothing left to give, they are increasingly weaponizing women’s bodies in their war for control" (para 5).
Oct. 4, 2023, 6:58 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"[G]irls as young as 12 years of age are trafficked from Brazil, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Viet Nam into and/or through the State party for purposes of sexual exploitation and criminal activity" (8-9).
Sept. 25, 2023, 8:02 a.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Country experts reported that forced and compulsory labor occurred in the goldmining, agriculture, and forestry sectors, as well as domestic servitude. Children were particularly vulnerable to forced labor and sex trafficking" (13).
Sept. 22, 2023, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Forced labor of men and women occurred in fisheries, agriculture, construction, domestic service, and artisanal diamond-mining sectors, particularly in Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul Provinces. Migrant workers were subject to seizure of passports, threats, denial of food, and confinement" (25). "Children were forced to act as couriers in the illegal cross-border trade with Namibia. Adult criminals sometimes used children for forced criminal activity, since the justice system prohibits youths younger than 12 from being tried in court" (26).
Sept. 18, 2023, 12:36 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Young girls in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan are being sold as 'repayment' for loans their parents cannot afford, the national body that protects human rights has said" (para.1). "Local media reports say that in half a dozen districts around Bhilwara, if a family cannot repay a loan, the aggrieved creditor has complained to the 'caste panchayats' or caste councils. By way of 'settlement', the councils have ordered the family to hand over their daughter – sometimes more than one depending on the size of the loan – so that the creditor can sell her to a trafficker to recoup his money. In its notice, the commission said that...more
Aug. 24, 2023, 1:08 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"[There has been c]ases of parents encouraging their daughters to be exploited in prostitution by residents of the United States of America, in order to obtain immigration visas to the United States or to support the family financially" (7).
Aug. 8, 2023, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"[C]ases involv[e] the sale of children and organs abroad" (8). This indicates that the dominant form of trafficking are children and organs (MV- coder comment).
June 27, 2023, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"[F]emale migrants were subjected to debt bondage as they worked to repay smuggling debts through domestic servitude, forced begging, and forced prostitution" (36).
June 14, 2023, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"[C]ases have been identified in which victims of such crimes, through fraudulent conduct, have committed the crime of using forged documents (identity card, birth certificate, passport and others)" (16).
May 22, 2023, 10:49 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"A Chinese court has jailed six people for up to 11 years for the abuse of a woman whose appearance last year in an online video chained by the neck sparked a public outcry and calls for the better protection of women" (Para.1). "The video, which surfaced in January last year, showed the woman in an apparently confused state in the eastern province of Jiangsu. It was seen by millions, stirring debate about the treatment of women and in particular the trafficking of brides in rural areas" (Para.2). "A man called Dong Zhimin had bought the woman for 5,000 yuan ($727.26) and had kept her chained up in a room...more
April 19, 2023, 6:17 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"'I was sold to a Han Chinese living in Yanbian,' one North Korean defector told investigators from North Korean CSOs. 'We lived together for one year and we couldn't have a child, so he beat me. He kicked me. He kicked my head a lot. I have depression now as the aftermath.' For years, refugees have sought to flee the oppressive North Korean regime through the northern border into China. Traffickers facilitate this journey where officials may reportedly 'aid and abet' sex and bride trafficking, or pay locals to report defectors." (para 6-9).
March 31, 2023, 2:31 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"[T]emporary, seasonal and contractual marriages, particularly in rural and remote areas and among women living in poverty, are forms of trafficking and sexual exploitation of women" (8).
March 18, 2023, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Traffickers utilize air and car transport and make the victims travel on foot to neighbouring countries facilitating the journey through their network" (11). "A Child Trafficking Unit is established at the central bus station through which many of the trafficked children enter Addis Ababa" (27-28).
March 4, 2023, 8:24 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"At least 35 teenage girls have been rescued from a 'baby factory' hotel where they were used as sex slaves and their babies sold on the black market, Nigerian police say" (Para. 1). "The teenagers were rescued from the Gally Gally hotel on Monday in the southeastern state of Anambra, where they were used 'for sex slaves, prostitution and baby factory,' state police spokesman Tochukwu Ikenga said late Wednesday. Nigerian police have previously freed dozens of under-aged women and babies from illegal maternity homes known as 'baby factories' where women are forced to have children for sale on the black market. Four of the girls were pregnant, he said, while...more
Feb. 18, 2023, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"In Malawi, one in every five women girls is at risk of sexual violence and abuse and 42% of girls experience physical violence before their 18th birthday. One particularly prevalent form of violence and abuse is trafficking for sexual exploitation (sex trafficking). Research reports reveal that in identified hotspots, there are between 500 to 1,500 women and children trafficked within Malawi annually, with at least 30% of those aged between 14 and 18 years." (Para.1). "Maggie’s case is emblematic of a wider issue with Malawi’s response to sex trafficking. Malawi is a source, destination, and transit country. Women and girls are trafficked from Malawi to the broader Southern Africa region...more
Feb. 18, 2023, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"In January, Chinese social media similarly erupted after a woman was found chained in a shack in eastern Jiangsu Province, and the authorities later acknowledged she was the victim of human trafficking. But officials also detained or censored some who pressed for more information. Last year, the tennis player Peng Shuai disappeared from public view after accusing a high-ranking former Chinese leader of coercing her into sex" (Para.6).
Feb. 6, 2023, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"[T]he State party is a source country for trafficking in women and girls for purposes of sexual and labour exploitation" (6-7). "[There was an] increase in the onlince recruitment of victims during the COVID-19 pandemic" (7). "Discrimination in labour legislation...prompts labour migration and makes women vulnerable to trafficking in persons" (11).
Feb. 4, 2023, 6:05 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Declining to give her name, the woman walked on swiftly, passing the shared flat on Via Riboty where two Chinese prostitutes were murdered last week, allegedly by a mobster with a history of violence. He then made it three victims within minutes when he fatally stabbed a Colombian prostitute at a nearby well-to-do apartment building. The women were ghosts while alive, unknown even to their neighbours. In death they are dominating the headlines as their brutal murders lift the lid on Rome’s hidden world of foreign prostitutes — often trafficked from their home countries to work from apartments in affluent neighbourhoods." (para 2-3). "'They are often brought in to Italy...more
Feb. 4, 2023, 8:40 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"[F]orced marriages and temporary marriages (mut’ah marriages) have been used by men to traffic women within the State party or to neighbouring countries, such as Jordan, Kuwait and the Syrian Arab Republic, for purposes of sexual exploitation" (7).
Feb. 2, 2023, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1

"The Committee... further notes the increased number of investigations and prosecutions of traffickers, resulting in 63 arrests for trafficking and 75 arrests for cross-border prostitution in 2017. However, the Committee notes with concern that: (a) The State party remains a destination and transit country for trafficking in women and girls for purposes of sexual exploitation (95 per cent) and forced labour" (6).
Jan. 12, 2023, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

“Skin is in huge demand. A 100-inch square piece of fair skin sells for Rs 50,000 to Rs 1,00,000 in Delhi and Mumbai. Agents take women till the Indo-Nepal border. From the border, another agent takes them to India and hands them over to another agent. The third agent arranges extraction of the skin. The women have to sign that they have donated the skin and not sold it,” says 40-year-old trafficker Prem Basgai in district jail of Kabrepalanchowk district, just 50 km away from Kathmandu. Prem Basgai was nabbed by police a year ago for selling kidneys from the district that had become infamous as the ‘Kidney Bank of...more
Dec. 29, 2022, 1:35 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"It was the same in Xuzhou too, where a woman had been chained by her neck in a hut outside her home. Her husband had claimed she was locked up because her mental illness made her a threat to others. But a police investigation confirmed suspicion that she had been trafficked as a bride in the 1990s" (para 14-15).
Dec. 26, 2022, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Through an ancient tradition known as the 'money marriage' or 'Okeh Ingolis' , the Becheve tribe in Cross River State, Nigeria is now infamous for forcing young girls into early marriages. It is a tribe that spreads across 17 communities mostly on the border between Cross River State and Cameroon Republic. The Money marriage tradition has existed since 1820 and is a custom that requires girls to be sold in exchange for the settlement of debt. The girls also referred to as 'money wives' or 'money women,' are married out in exchange for loans taken by their families. In most cases, the exchange is done without the girl's consent and...more
Oct. 7, 2022, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Sub-Saharan trafficking networks increasingly used the country as a route into the Schengen area to exploit children in sex trafficking and forced labor" (22).
July 1, 2022, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Based on the 2017 National TIPs Report, an estimated 1.9 million of the 4.5 million Indonesians working abroad, most of which are women, are undocumented or have overstayed their visas. In the level of domestic trafficking, many women and girls are exploited in domestic servitude and sex trafficking. Victims are often recruited with offers of jobs in restaurants, factories, or domestic service, but are subjected to sex trafficking" (24).
June 21, 2022, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"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 sexual and labour exploitation" (7).
June 9, 2022, 1:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"When young Ana is forced to have her hair cut in Tatiana Huezo’s film Prayers for the Stolen, her tears indicate the heartbreak of lost youth. It’s a protective measure taken by her mother who is desperate to prevent Ana from being kidnapped, like so many other young girls in their town have been, by the drug cartels who patrol the surrounding area. Prayers for the Stolen, the first fiction feature from Mexican-Salvadorian documentary-maker Huezo, captures the brutality and fear of growing up in such circumstances" (Para. 1).
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"...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).