However, the government took strong preventative efforts, including the convictions of two labor recruitment agents who committed fraudulent recruitment offenses, and enhanced inter-ministerial coordination through monthly meetings.The U.S report urged Sri Lanka to improve efforts to investigate and prosecute suspected trafficking offenses, and convict and punish trafficking offenders, particularly those responsible for recruiting victims with fraudulent offers of employment and excessive commission fees for the purpose of subjecting them to forced labor; develop and implement formal victim referral procedures; ensure that victims of trafficking found within Sri Lanka are not detained or otherwise penalized for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of their being trafficked, such as visa violations or prostitution; train local law enforcement on victim identification, investigation of cases, and assembling strong cases; facilitate the speedy repatriation of foreign trafficking victims by providing airfare and not obligating them to remain in the country if they choose to initiate law enforcement proceedings; provide witness protection and incentives for victims to cooperate with law enforcement to enable prosecutions; improve services for shelters, legal aid, counseling, and trained staff at embassies in destination countries; promote safe tourism campaigns to ensure that child sex tourism does not increase with expected rapid growth of tourism; promote safe and legal migration rather than discouraging migration or imposing age restrictions on migrants; and improve regulation and monitoring of recruitment agencies and village level brokers. (Colombo Gazette) A small number of women from Thailand, China, and countries in South Asia, Europe, and the former Soviet Union may be subjected to forced prostitution in Sri Lanka, the report said.According to the report last year, the government did not convict any trafficking offenders. Serious problems remain, particularly in protecting victims of trafficking in Sri Lanka and abroad, and not addressing official complicity in human trafficking. Some child domestic workers in Colombo, generally from the Tamil tea-estate sector of the country, are subjected to physical, sexual, and mental abuse, nonpayment of wages, and restrictions of their government. The report says there are reports of children being subjected to bonded labor and forced labor in dry-zone farming areas on plantations, and in the fireworks and fish-drying industries. The U.S State Department’s annual report on human trafficking says in Sri Lanka boys are still more likely than girls to be forced into prostitution in coastal areas for domestic child sex tourism.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the report, Tuesday, which placed Sri Lanka on Tier 2 among countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards to counter human trafficking, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.
whatsapp Pay at FTSE firms grows PAY PACKETS in the private sector are growing at a faster rate than those in the public sector for the first time since March 2009, said research out today. Workers in for-profit companies saw their take-home pay increase at an annual rate of 1.4 per cent in September. Pay rises are still lagging far behind inflation, which is pushing up the cost of consumer goods by 3.1 per cent a year. However, public sector workers fared even worse, with the average pay packet growing by an annual rate of 1.3 per cent last month, according to figures from 600 public bodies compiled by payment specialist VocaLink. Pay growth has improved slightly over the year, with pay hikes at FTSE 350 companies growing by an average of 0.9 per cent over the year to September, and public sector rises adding 1.6 per cent. Private companies have managed to bounce back more quickly from the slump in May and June this year, adding 0.9 percentage points to the average wage growth compared to 0.2 percentage points within public bodies. Douglas McWilliams, chief executive of the Centre for Economics and Business Reform said: “The sluggishness of annual earnings and pay growth is largely the result of slackness in the labour market. The latest data released by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that the claimant count measure of unemployment increased in August for the first time since January.”Marion King, chief executive officer at VocaLink, added: “With the emergency Budget of 22 June announcing a two-year public sector wage freeze for those earning above £21,000, private sector wage growth is likely to continue outstripping public sector wage growth from 2011 onwards.” whatsapp Share Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndo Wednesday 6 October 2010 7:39 pm KCS-content Read This Next’Kevin Can F**k Himself’: Here’s Why Only Allison and Patty Are SeenThe Wrap20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The Wrap’Batwoman’: Wallis Day on Circe’s ‘Deranged’ Warpath and the Key to SavingThe Wrap’Godzilla vs Kong’ Reaches $100 Million in US After Grossing $250,000 inThe WrapJoin a Conversation on ‘Cancel Culture in Comedy’ with Maz Jobrani, SkyeThe WrapAnya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes Join Searchlight’s Dark Comedy ‘The Menu’The WrapAfter ‘Black Widow,’ Kevin Feige Leaves Open the Possibility of OtherThe Wrap’Pose’ Creator Steven Canals on Life After His Groundbreaking Show: ‘I’mThe Wrap’The Boys’ Star Aya Cash Took Inspiration From YouTube, TikTok and SteveThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL