Legislative steps: Cabinet Approves Bill on Violence Against Women from The Express Tribune, 05/21/2015
“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.”
Newly Passed Human Trafficking Bill Only a Start to What US Must Do to Combat Trafficking from The Daily Signal, 05/20/2015
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.
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
Bill Aimed at Aiding Sexual Assault Victims Advances, Would Ensures Victims Aren’t Charged for Medical Care from The Advocate, 05/19/2015
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.
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.
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.