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March 18, 2023, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia

"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

"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

"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

"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

"[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

"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

"[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

"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

“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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"...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).
March 17, 2022, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 and the displacement of many women to refugee camps outside Ukraine, "“Organised gangs [are] trying to abduct young women on the Ukrainian Polish border and we already have several cases in Germany where the girls have been abducted by pimps in the refugee camps”, Dmytrieva explains."
March 10, 2022, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique

"The group force young women and girls to 'marry' their fighters 'who enslave and sexually abuse them' while some have been sold off to foreign militants for between $600 and $1,800, it said" (Para. 3). 'An armed group linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) has since 2018 kidnapped and enslaved more than 600 women and girls in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado province,' Human Rights Watch said in a statement. Some have been freed by Mozambican and foreign forces deployed this year to help quell the violence that has wreaked havoc in the region since October 2017. But some are still missing, the rights watchdog said" (Para 4-6). "'An unknown number...more
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru

"...The law prohibits child sex trafficking, with a minimum penalty of 12 years in prison. Government officials, police, NGOs, civil society leaders, and journalists identified numerous cases of child sex trafficking during the year. The country remained a destination for child sex tourism" (15). "While the country has strong laws to protect children, it frequently had serious problems with enforcement. Media reported on the sex trafficking of minor girls in the illicit gold mining sites of the remote Amazonian Madre de Dios region. In 2018 a local NGO estimated there were approximately 400 brothels in the Madre de Dios mining region, with hundreds of minor girls living in debt bondage...more
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy

"The exploitation of prostitution constitutes a very remunerative criminal business for several criminal organizations of Albanians, Nigerians, Bulgarians, Moldavians, Ukrainians and Romanians — just to cite a few — particularly in some areas of Northern Italy, such as Piemonte, Veneto and Lombardi where it emerges the worrying phenomenon of outrageous criminal activities, such as human beings trafficking and children reduction into slavery" (44). "...the women from Eastern Europe are more educated than men (high school level), while the Nigerian women present a low level of education (primary school or illiterate), which results in a more complex access to the local labour market. For most cases, the vocational programme was focused...more
March 4, 2022, 6:57 p.m.
Countries: Fiji

"...Increasing urbanization, overcrowding, and the breakdown of traditional community and extended-family structures put children at risk for abuse and appeared to be contributing factors to a child’s chance of exploitation for commercial sex. Reports indicated the number of child-abuse cases in the country increased and more children sought shelter at state-funded homes. The government continued its public-awareness campaign against child abuse" (16). "Some high-school-age children and homeless and jobless youth were trafficked for commercial sex during the year, and there were reports of child sex tourism in tourist centers, such as Nadi and Savusavu. Commercial sexual exploitation of children was perpetuated by family members, taxi drivers, foreign tourists, businessmen, and...more
Feb. 28, 2022, 3:29 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"Traffickers subjected children to commercial sexual exploitation in Turks and Caicos" (22).
Feb. 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"There continued to be instances of child trafficking with the purpose of forced labor in mines, quarries, and private homes. According to government officials and international organizations, illegal drug traders and other illicit actors recruited children, sometimes forcibly, to work in their illegal activities. The ELN and organized-crime gangs forced children into sexual servitude or criminality to serve as combatants or coca pickers..." (39).
Feb. 23, 2022, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"Exploitation of women and girls in prostitution and sex trafficking was a problem, particularly in the southeast gold-mining region of Kedougou. Although there were no reports of child sex tourism during the year, the country was considered a destination for child sex tourism for tourists from France, Belgium, and Germany, among other countries" (18).
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay

"According to the Ministry of Children and Youth, child trafficking for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation or forced domestic servitude remained problematic. The law provides penalties of up to eight years of imprisonment for persons responsible for pimping or brokering victims younger than 17 years of age" (15). "CODEHUPY and other NGOs documented widespread trafficking in persons, rape, sexual harassment, and physical abuse of women in indigenous communities. Perpetrators were often male members of the community, workers, and employers from neighboring ranches and farms. NGOs also alleged agribusiness operations in the Chaco exploited and violated the rights of indigenous workers" (18). "In exchange for work, employers promised child domestic...more
Feb. 11, 2022, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Romania

"During the year there were several media reports of abuses in placement centers for institutionalized children, including... trafficking in persons... In 2016 prosecutors indicted members of an organized crime network who were recruiting girls from orphanages in Iasi for sexual exploitation" (25).
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

“Children from Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Eswatini, many of whom entered the country alone, remained vulnerable to labor exploitation and discrimination (see section 2.d, Freedom of Movement). They lacked protection and had limited access to schools and other social welfare institutions, largely due to lack of resources. Coercion, both physical and economic, of girls into the sex industry was common, particularly in Manica Province” (17). This occurred in Mozambique (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
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). "...Girls and women from rural areas, as well as migrant workers from bordering countries,...more
Feb. 4, 2022, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Norway

"While employers generally observed minimum age rules, there were reports that children were trafficked for forced labor (see section 7.b.). Children were subjected to forced begging and criminal activity, particularly drug smuggling and theft. Commercial sexual exploitation of children also occurred. There were also reports of children forced to work as unpaid domestic help" (18).
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"Sexual exploitation of children, sometimes with the involvement of parents, remained a significant problem...The country was a destination for child sex tourism" (23). "...Some children were victims of human trafficking, which included child sex trafficking and forced labor..." (29).