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Netherlands: Tougher Penalties for Acts Involving Human Trafficking Proposed

(Nov. 7, 2015) The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has introduced legislation to tighten penalties against human traffickers. According to the Ministry, the aim of the measures, which would lengthen the applicable prison terms, “is to combat the degrading activities of these offenders more effectively” and “to do greater justice to the gravity of […]

Thailand: New Criminal Court Division for Human Trafficking Cases

(Aug. 12, 2015) According to Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, a new criminal court division to handle human trafficking cases was to open on August 10, 2015; an announcement of the establishment of the new division was made in the country’s Royal Gazette. (Thailand: Activists, Experts Welcome Slave Trade Court, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Aug. […]

Central America; Mexico; United States: Agreements on Goals of Common Plan to Prosecute Human Traffickers

(Oct. 24, 2014) On September 25, 2014, high ranking government officials from the Justice Departments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States met in Mexico City in order to create a proposal for the Attorneys General of those countries, concerning a common plan aimed at combating the trafficking of unaccompanied migrant children […]

Central America; Mexico; United States: Agreement to Collaborate on Human Trafficking

(Sept. 30, 2014) In September 2014, attorneys general from Mexico, the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras met in Mexico City to discuss strategies aimed at improving safety throughout Central America, in order to tackle the circumstances that contribute to the flow of migrant children who have been arriving at the United States southwest […]

South Korea: Suit Against Government for Forced Prostitution after 1957

(July 9, 2014) On June 25, 2014, 122 women sued the Korean government, claiming that they were forced to engage in sexual intercourse for money for members of the United States military who were stationed in Korea after the Korean War cease-fire in 1957. (Toru Higashioka, Former “Comfort Women” Serving U.S. Military File Damages Lawsuit, […]

Australia: Two Indonesian Nationals Sentenced to Prison for People Smuggling

(June 10, 2014) On June 5, 2014, a judge in the Perth District Court in Western Australia sentenced two Indonesian nationals to terms of imprisonment for their roles in a 2012 boat journey that resulted in the deaths of more than 100 asylum seekers who were trying to reach Australian territory. (Joanna Menagh, Indonesians Jailed […]

Mauritania; United Nations: Plan to End Slavery Expected

(Mar. 11, 2014) Gulnara Shahinian, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary slavery, announced that on February 27, 2014, Mauritania agreed to adopt a roadmap to end slavery. (UN Expert Urges Mauritania to Take More Vigorous Efforts to Eliminate Slavery, UN NEWS CENTRE (Feb. 27, 2014).) The roadmap, due to be adopted on March 6, […]

Mexico: Federal Senate Approves of Law Against Human Trafficking

(Feb. 24, 2014) The Mexican Senate recently approved a comprehensive reform of the law against human trafficking. The reform provides for more severe penalties, incorporates new types of criminal behavior associated with human trafficking, extends the scope of aggravating circumstances of the crime, and increases penalties to up to 30 years of imprisonment and fines […]

South Africa: Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation Signed into Law

(Aug. 2, 2013) On July 29, 2013, South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, signed into law the country’s first comprehensive legislation on human trafficking, the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill (PCTPB), which, among other goals, seeks to implement South Africa’s international obligations with respect to the problem. (President Jacob Zuma Signs into Law […]

Thailand: Cabinet Approves Anti-Trafficking Plan

(Mar. 19, 2013) On February 27, 2013, the Thai Cabinet approved an urgent master plan intended to allow the government to implement more anti-trafficking strategies in 2013. This master plan was proposed by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. Associated state agencies will step up efforts to implement the details to support the […]