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Council of Europe: Anti-Human Trafficking Convention Now in Force

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 1, 2008, the Council of Europe's (COE) Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which opened for signature on May 16, 2005, entered into force for the first ten countries that ratified the Convention. These include COE Member States Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, and […]

Israel: Adjudication of Human Trafficking Offenses

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 29, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed an amendment to the Courts Law (Consolidated Version) 5744-1984. According to the amendment, defendants in human trafficking for prostitution trials will be prosecuted before a court of a single judge. The amendment was designed to alleviate the hardship caused to victims by […]

Uzbekistan: Government Combats Trafficking

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 31, 2008, the Government of Uzbekistan conducted a Cabinet meeting dedicated to the problem of human trafficking. Although the trafficking of women for sex trade is a common problem in Central Asia, this was the first case of discussing this problem at the highest level of the government in Uzbekistan, […]

Mexico: Government Promulgates Law Against Human Trafficking

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Mexican Federal Government promulgated the Law to Prevent and Punish Trade in People on November 27, 2007, effective the same day, its official date of publication, President Felipe Calderón announced the Law's publication the day before, during a commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The […]

United Nations; Africa: Action Against Child Trafficking Urged

(Dec. 2, 2007) Speaking at an international meeting on trafficking in children and armed conflict, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, urged West and Central African states to protect their children. He described child trafficking as something “which not only harms innocent lives but also efforts to secure […]