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Legislative steps: Cabinet Approves Bill on Violence Against Women from The Express Tribune, 05/21/2015

May 21st, 2015 Justine No comments

“A meeting of the cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, on Wednesday approved the Punjab Protection of Women Victims Against Violence Bill-2015. Amendments to the Punjab Maternity Benefits Ordinance 1958, Stamp Act 1899 and the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Act were also approved.”

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Newly Passed Human Trafficking Bill Only a Start to What US Must Do to Combat Trafficking from The Daily Signal, 05/20/2015

May 20th, 2015 Justine No comments

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.

If signed by the president, the bill would create a domestic fund for victims of child sex trafficking from fines levied against traffickers. Fines collected from traffickers will bolster local law enforcement training and capabilities, among other capacity building measures.

The bill passed 420-3 in the House, and earlier last month passed the Senate 99-0. The bill, however, didn’t always enjoy bipartisan support. In fact, it was held up in the Senate for weeks due to a controversy over abortion funding.

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Egyptian Authorities Using Sexual Violence on ‘Massive Scale’ from BBC News, 05/19/2015

May 20th, 2015 Justine No comments

A report by the organisation suggests men, women and children are being abused “to eliminate public protest”.

Many are subjected to virginity tests, rape and gang rape after arrest.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said it would not comment until it had studied the report.

The study notes a surge in sexual violence after the Egyptian military takeover in July 2013

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Bill Aimed at Aiding Sexual Assault Victims Advances, Would Ensures Victims Aren’t Charged for Medical Care from The Advocate, 05/19/2015

May 19th, 2015 Justine No comments

The measures, sponsored by state Rep. Helena Moreno, would set up standards and procedures for the forensic medical examination and treatment of victims.

A key provision would stop sexual assault victims from receiving big medical bills for their treatment after the attacks. Hospitals would send bills directly to the Crime Victims Reparations board for payment. The victims could also later seek help from the board in covering additional expenses such as counseling or lost work days.

Some unclaimed gambling money would be dedicated to pay for the victim-related expenses.

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Team Uses Big Data To Fight Human Trafficking from Futurity, 05/18/2015

May 18th, 2015 Justine No comments

A new tool takes an advantage of the internet for human trafficking—its sheer size—and turns it against criminals.

It can be easy for digital criminals to hide in plain sight—posting escort ads for underaged individuals brazenly online—knowing that there are millions of these ads already with more created every day.

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North Korea turning to human trafficking for foreign currency from Capitol Report 05/18/15

May 18th, 2015 Justine No comments

To generate new income, the North Korean government has engaged in state-sponsored trafficking of its citizens, sending them to work as forced laborers in other countries and confiscating all or most of their wages.

“I see it as just starting to get attention. It’s an emergent issue on the international agenda,” said Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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