The Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution (CAP International) Submission to CEDAW on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration.

CAP international Recommendations for the CEDAW on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration.

1- Highlighting that women and girls, and among them, the most vulnerable and discriminated groups (migrant, refugees, low castes, minors, victims of armed conflicts, displacement, prior sexual violence, natural disasters etc…) are disproportionately targeted and thus overrepresented in the trafficking in women and girls and the exploitation of prostitution of women and girls.

2- Stressing that trafficking in women and girls and its destination crime, the exploitation of prostitution of others, are at the intersection of several forms of oppression (poverty, sexism, racism, colonisation).

3- Urging States to recognize that the existence of a male demand for paid sex is the main root cause for the trafficking in women and girls.

4- Urging States to recognize that the overwhelming majority of women and girls are trafficked internationally and domestically to be sexually and economically exploited in the prostitution “market”

5- Urging States to recognize that the trafficking in women and girls cannot be decreased and suppressed if States do not adopt consistent legislation aimed at suppressing the exploitation of prostitution of women and girls.

6- Reminding States obligation under article 6 of CEDAW to eliminate the exploitation of prostitution of women.

7- Reminding States that the UN 1949 Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others is directly binding for States parties to this convention and provides interpretative guidance on how all Parties to the CEDAW convention should implement their obligations under Article 6.

8- As a consequence, reminding States that the trafficking in women and girls cannot be decreased and suppressed if States do not criminalise the actions of pimping, procuring and running of a brothel.

9- Urging States to adopt the only efficient model to decrease and suppress the trafficking in women and girls: criminalisation of all forms of pimping, procuring and trafficking ; full decriminalisation of victims of prostitution and trafficking ; criminalisation of the purchase of sex ; implementation of nation-wide assistance and exit programmes for victims of prostitution and trafficking.
 

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