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France: New Law to Punish Prostitution Clients

(Apr. 28, 2016) On April 13, 2016, the French government promulgated a law that aims to end prostitution and fight human trafficking that is related to prostitution. (Loi n° 2016-444 du 13 avril 2016 visant à renforcer la lutte contre le système prostitutionnel et à accompagner les personnes prostituées (1) [Law No. 2016-444 of April […]

Turkey: People Smuggling to Be Classified as Terrorist Act

(Mar. 9, 2016) Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, announced on February 1, 2016, that Turkey was considering imposing heavier sentences for the offense of people smuggling, classifying it as a terrorist act and as an organized crime, and amending the law to include as a penalty the confiscation of assets used in such acts.  The […]

Netherlands: Tougher Penalties for Acts Involving Human Smuggling Proposed

(Nov. 7, 2015) The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has introduced legislation to tighten penalties against human smugglers. 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 […]