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Republic of Armenia

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Armenia has made progress in implementing many economic reforms including privatization, price reforms, and prudent fiscal policies.

Armenia has managed to reduce poverty, slash inflation, stabilize its currency, and privatize most small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Despite strong economic growth, Armenia's unemployment rate remains high. Armenia will need to pursue additional economic reforms in order to improve its economic competitiveness and to build on recent improvements in poverty and unemployment, especially given its economic isolation from two of its nearest neighbors, Turkey and Azerbaijan.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Armenia

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Armenia: Child Prostitution Taboo

Sona Meloyan, Caucasus, CRS Issue 182, 21 Feb 2005

iwpr.net/report-news/armenia-child-prostitution-taboo

[accessed 30 March 2011]

Underage prostitution is growing as more young people end up on the streets.

Few people in Armenia will admit that child prostitutes exist, let alone talk openly about it. That is making it harder to address the problem as increasing numbers of vulnerable young people end up living on the street.  "They never talk about child prostitution. It's a taboo subject," Mikael Danielian, head of the Armenian Helsinki Group, told IWPR.  "Neither the police nor the authorities - not even adult prostitutes - will say anything. They try to stifle the subject, shut it down. But that does not make it any less of a problem."

Two years ago, when Hasmik was begging in a park in the capital Yerevan with her mother and younger brother and sister, three men forced her into their car and raped her.  Hasmik's mother chose not to go to the police, fearing that as a beggar, she would only get into more trouble. Instead, she actively encouraged her daughter to become a prostitute.  "I share an apartment with my friend, and try to avoid my mother. She's always asking for money," Hasmik said. - sccp

 

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The Department of Labor’s 2004 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2005

www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/tda2004/armenia.htm

[accessed 19 January 2011]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - The commercial exploitation of girls is reportedly increasing in Armenia..  Trafficking of girls to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates for prostitution is a problem.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61635.htm

[accessed 19 January 2011]

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – Authorities reported the country is a source and transit point for women and girls trafficked primarily for sexual exploitation to the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Russia, Uzbekistan, Greece, and other European countries.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, January 30, 2004

sim.law.uu.nl/SIM/CaseLaw/uncom.nsf/0/431b11a18a3ec535c1256e2e0044014e?OpenDocument

[accessed 19 January 2011]

[241] While welcoming that penalties have been introduced under the Criminal Code for enticing girls into prostitution and keeping brothels, the Committee reiterates its concern at the insufficient data on and awareness of the phenomenon of sexual exploitation of children in Armenia, and at the absence of a comprehensive and integrated approach to preventing and combating this phenomenon. Furthermore, the Committee is deeply concerned that persons under 18 years of age engaged in prostitution are prosecuted under the Criminal Code, rather than assisted as victims.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action [DOC]

ECPAT International, November 2001

www.no-trafficking.org/content/web/05reading_rooms/five_years_after_stockholm.pdf

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – ARMENIA - In 2000 UNICEF, together with the IOM and the OSCE, conducted a study on the trafficking of women and children from Armenia. Those who have taken part in the study have said that the findings are alarming.

Report submitted by Special Rapporteur [DOC]

U.N. Economic and Social Council, Commission on Human Rights, Sixtieth session, 5 January 2004

www.unhchr.ch/huridocda/huridoca.nsf/0/1384BB1D9B0173CDC1256E3C0036210F/$File/G0410040.doc?OpenElement

[accessed 30 March 2011]

[56] The policy framework for children in Armenia is the 2001 National Plan of Action for the Protection of the Rights of the Child, prepared based on the recommendation of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Armenia: Child Prostitution Taboo

Sona Meloyan, Caucasus, CRS Issue 182, 21 Feb 2005

iwpr.net/report-news/armenia-child-prostitution-taboo

[accessed 30 March 2011]

Underage prostitution is growing as more young people end up on the streets.

Few people in Armenia will admit that child prostitutes exist, let alone talk openly about it. That is making it harder to address the problem as increasing numbers of vulnerable young people end up living on the street.  "They never talk about child prostitution. It's a taboo subject," Mikael Danielian, head of the Armenian Helsinki Group, told IWPR.  "Neither the police nor the authorities - not even adult prostitutes - will say anything. They try to stifle the subject, shut it down. But that does not make it any less of a problem."

Two years ago, when Hasmik was begging in a park in the capital Yerevan with her mother and younger brother and sister, three men forced her into their car and raped her.  Hasmik's mother chose not to go to the police, fearing that as a beggar, she would only get into more trouble. Instead, she actively encouraged her daughter to become a prostitute.  "I share an apartment with my friend, and try to avoid my mother. She's always asking for money," Hasmik said. - sccp

From Stockholm to Yokohama:  The Global Partnership to Combat CSEC [DOC]

ECPAT International, Agenda For Action Report, 2002

www.no-trafficking.org/content/web/05reading_rooms/2002_agenda_for_action_report_ecpat.doc

[accessed 30 March 2011]

MONITORING -- WHAT MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO PREVENT CHILD SEX TOURISM IN AND FROM THE COUNTRY? - In Armenia, a major part of the child sex tourism industry is connected to the vast numbers of Armenian children that are trafficked from one city to another, within Armenia or from Armenia to other countries. One way of preventing trafficking, and child prostitution, is through legal measures that prohibit children from traveling without their parents.

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