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San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 147
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Text of country narrative
in human trafficking report

This is the U.S. State Department's narrative on Costa Rica in the annual human trafficking report. The department puts the country on a tier two watch list, it said.

Costa Rica is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.

Costa Rican women and children are subjected to sex trafficking within the country, with those living in the north and central Pacific coast zones being particularly vulnerable. Authorities have identified adults using children to transport or sell drugs; some of these children may be trafficking victims. There are a significant number of transgender Costa Ricans in the commercial sex industry who are vulnerable to sex trafficking.

Women and girls from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and other Latin American countries have been identified in Costa Rica as victims of sex trafficking and domestic servitude.

Child sex tourism is a serious problem, with child sex tourists arriving mostly from the United States and Europe. Men and children from other Central American countries and from Asian countries, including China, are subjected to conditions of forced labor in Costa Rica, particularly in the agriculture, construction, fishing, and commercial sectors.

Nicaraguan men and women transit Costa Rica en route to Panama, where some are subsequently subjected to forced labor or sex trafficking. Indigenous Panamanians are also reportedly vulnerable to forced labor in agriculture in Costa Rica. Government officials, including a mayor, have been investigated for suspected involvement in sex trafficking.

The Government of Costa Rica does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. Officials identified 23 victims, investigated 14 suspected cases, and provided anti-trafficking training to some officials and members of the tourism industry.

Despite these measures, the government did not demonstrate overall increasing anti-trafficking efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore, Costa Rica is placed on Tier 2 Watch List. Law enforcement efforts declined; the government did not convict any traffickers, child sex tourists, or individuals who purchased commercial sex acts from child trafficking victims.

Victim services remained inadequate, and the government failed to dispense any of the 1,725 billion colones ($3.24 million) accrued in a dedicated government fund to support anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling efforts. The government continued to lack the ability to collect or report comprehensive statistics on its anti-trafficking efforts, due largely to its policy of classifying cases of trafficking that did not involve the displacement of victims as separate crimes.

Recommendations for Costa Rica:

Use resources in the newly established fund to provide comprehensive services for trafficking victims, including child sex trafficking victims, in partnership with civil society organizations; intensify efforts to proactively investigate and prosecute trafficking offenses, including labor trafficking and cases not involving movement, and convict and punish traffickers; amend legislation to define human trafficking consistent with international law; improve the efficacy and implementation of Costa Rica’s victim assistance protocol, particularly in cases occurring outside of the capital, for victims of labor trafficking, and for Costa Rican victims; conduct thorough and transparent criminal investigations and prosecutions of alleged government complicity in trafficking offenses and convict and sentence complicit officials; strengthen dedicated prosecutorial and police units through increased resources and training, including on victim treatment and the distinction between trafficking and smuggling; increase efforts to investigate, prosecute, and convict child sex tourists and others who purchase commercial sex acts from child trafficking victims; improve data collection for law enforcement and victim protection efforts; and finalize an updated national action plan to guide the government’s anti-trafficking efforts.


The government’s anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts declined significantly, with few efforts to hold traffickers criminally accountable. The anti-trafficking law enacted in December 2012, Law 9095, came into effect in February 2013 and prescribes penalties of four to 20 years’ imprisonment; these penalties are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with other serious crimes.

The definition of trafficking in this law is in some respects more narrow than international law — requiring the displacement of the victim — and in other respects more broad — penalizing nontrafficking crimes such as illegal adoption, sale of organs, moving persons for the purpose of prostitution, and labor exploitation that does amount to forced labor.

Data collection on trafficking remained problematic. The attorney general’s office reported investigating 14 new cases of movement-based trafficking. The government prosecuted three defendants for suspected labor trafficking in a 2010 case involving Asian fishermen on boats in Costa Rican waters. This case ended in acquittal and prosecutors have appealed the verdict. There were no additional trafficking prosecutions and no convictions in 2014, compared with at least seven convictions in 2013. Some officials conflated trafficking with smuggling, and authorities reported that a diversion of government resources to combat smuggling contributed to the decrease in law enforcement efforts.

Prosecutors worked with Nicaraguan, Mexican, Dominican, and Panamanian officials on an unspecified number of trafficking investigations in 2013; it is unknown whether any resulted in prosecutions or convictions. The government did not report progress in the pending investigation of a mayor for suspected sex trafficking opened in 2011, and it did not prosecute or convict any government employees complicit in human trafficking or trafficking-related offenses.


While the government identified more victims, it did not make progress in ensuring that identified victims received adequate protection; specialized services were limited, and most were provided by civil society organizations. The government did not collect comprehensive statistics on victims identified and assisted, and the data provided from different agencies could not be fully reconciled. Prosecutors reported the government identified and assisted 23 trafficking victims in 2014, 13 subjected to sex trafficking and 10 to forced labor, an increase from 15 trafficking victims identified and assisted in 2013.

The government did not provide comprehensive details on age, gender, or nationality of these victims. At least five were adults, three of whom were from foreign countries, and one of whom was male. The government had an “immediate attention” protocol, which defined steps for various agencies to take to coordinate the provision of food, lodging, health and psychological support to victims through NGOs, but it did not provide details on the number of victims supported in 2014 or the types of assistance received.

Some officials, particularly outside the capital, remained unaware of the protocol. Authorities have written procedures for identifying victims among vulnerable groups, such as migrants and individuals in prostitution, but NGOs and some officials asserted victim identification was often reactive and referral mechanisms were not always implemented in an effective or timely manner.

The government neither provided nor funded specialized shelters or services for trafficking victims. It gave 83 million colones ($156,000) to one NGO that provided services to victims of sexual violence, some of whom may have been trafficking victims.

There were no shelters available to male victims. The government designated two hospitals with specially trained staff to provide treatment for trafficking victims, but it is unknown whether these facilities cared for any victims in 2014.

Police and NGOs noted victim services were virtually nonexistent outside of the capital. In 2014, the government allocated approximately 73 million colones ($135,000) to cover basic needs such as food, clothing, and travel expenses for victims participating in prosecutions as witnesses, but it is not clear if any victims benefited from these resources, as no new prosecutions were initiated.

The government granted temporary residency status, with permission to work, to two foreign victims in 2014. Victims had the legal right to file a civil complaint to request compensation from traffickers, but no victims received such compensation. The government did not penalize identified victims for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of being subjected to human trafficking; however, insufficient efforts to screen vulnerable populations for indicators of trafficking may have led to some victims being penalized.


The government decreased prevention efforts. The human trafficking and smuggling directorate (which includes civil society members) met quarterly and continued to implement a national action plan on trafficking, though few tangible outcomes were reported. Although the fund to fight human trafficking and smuggling — established in the previous year and financed primarily by the country departure tax of approximately 532 colones ($1) — continued to collect revenue, the government did not disburse this money for any anti-trafficking activities.

Authorities conducted public awareness campaigns, often in partnership with civil society organizations. Labor inspectors held a session for labor recruiters to explain exploitative practices that could constitute violations under anti-trafficking laws, but the government did not report punishment of any recruiters for illegal practices that contribute to trafficking.

The government investigated 32 individuals suspected of paying child trafficking victims for commercial sex, but did not report whether it prosecuted or convicted any individuals for such crimes. A quasi-governmental agency conducted trainings on combating child sex tourism for members of the tourism industry; however, the government did not extradite, prosecute, or convict any child sex tourists in 2014.

The government and NGOs provided anti-trafficking training to 30 diplomatic personnel.

The government did not report efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex acts or forced labor.

Major firms join Obama
in climate change plan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Monday 13 giants of the U.S. economy made a pledge to stand with the Obama Administration's American Business Act on Climate Change.

Company executives joined Secretary of State John Kerry and senior White House officials in promising to change the private sector's role in America's efforts to reduce global carbon pollution.

At a conference call before the pledge signing, Brian Deese, Senior advisor to the president, said these select companies are walking the walk in making innovative and ambitious commitments beyond what they are already doing to reduce their carbon footprints.

"What's exciting about this is these commitments are new," Deese said.

The companies supporting the effort are Alcoa, Apple, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS and Wal-mart.

A major goal of their pledge is to have other companies eventually follow in the reduced-carbon footsteps of these firms in their respective industries. The executive branch says this strategy will prove critical as the world prepares to make a binding and universal environmental agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference this December in Paris.

"Paris is a big deal," said Kevin McKnight, chief of sustainability at Alcoa. "It's critical that the business community get behind government and ensure that we really do use Paris as the opportunity to really move the world in a different direction."

Obama has committed the United States to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025. This promise was made last November, as Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who promised that his country will peak its emissions by 2030.

The initial partnering companies represented more than $1.3 trillion in revenue last year, and a combined market capitalization of at least $2.5 trillion. As such, their participation will result in $140 billion in new low-carbon investments and more than 1,600 megawatts of new renewable energy. Without these combined efforts from both the public and private sectors, they say, the president's goal would have been considered overly ambitious.

"There's an opportunity to not only demonstrate environmental leadership in the way we operate our company, but also to use the services and products that we have to really empower people and organizations everywhere to transform the way they think about energy and climate issues," said Rob Bernard, Microsoft's chief environmental strategist.

One of the ways that Microsoft will do its part is through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, using data to improve agricultural yields and outcomes. Bernard cited a recent report from the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, which predicts that leveraging technology could cut the estimated 2020 carbon emissions by 16.5 percent.

McKnight says, for its part, Alcoa will contribute to the efforts by developing a more lightweight titanium to make cars like the Ford F-150 more fuel efficient. Since aluminum requires a lot of energy to produce, another goal is to demonstrate that the net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will be equal to at least three times the emissions created by their production.

All countries that have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions will have to develop their own regulatory frameworks for ensuring success. By having companies commit to long-term carbon emission reduction goals, Deese says this will naturally drive the investment and innovations necessary to uphold those goals in the U.S.

"We need to be smart but very aggressive in using the regulatory tools we have in order to try to drive the long-term trend toward low-carbon economy."

New York magazine features
35 female Cosby accusers

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The latest issue of New York magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby.  The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but their stories are similar.

Over the last year, numerous women, including those featured in New York magazine, have come forward to tell their stories of being drugged and raped by Bill Cosby.

On the streets of New York, people react differently to the allegations against the once revered comedian and social activist.

"It's obvious that he is guilty. I guess you can just add it to the list of rich and powerful people who have got away with things that they did in the past, which have finally caught up with them," said one woman.

Cosby has denied allegations of illegally giving drugs to women in order to have sex with them. But in 2006 he paid an undisclosed sum to a woman who brought a civil case against him, claiming that Cosby had tricked her into taking drugs before he sexually assaulted her. During testimony in the case, the comedian admitted that he had obtained Qualuudes. But his lawyers say he never gave the drug to anyone without their consent.

One of Cosby's attorneys has accused the media of misinterpreting excerpts from the court documents.

"When the deposition said that there was use of Qualuudes - which was.... Qualuudes, which was done often in the 70s - it was considered a party drug, called disco biscuits, and it was something that was used frequently, not just by Mr. Cosby, but other entertainers," said Monique Pressley, one of Cosby’s lawyers.

Cosby has never been criminally charged over the allegations, but his career has suffered. He has lost commercial endorsements, speaking engagements and TV syndication revenue.

Arizona NFL team hires
female linebacker coach

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Arizona Cardinals of the U.S. National Football League have hired the first female coach in the league's more than 90-year history.

The team announced Monday that head coach Bruce Arians will bring in Jen Welter to coach the Cardinals linebacker unit during the upcoming training camp and preseason as an intern or apprentice.

Welter is a former college rugby player who spent 14 years as a linebacker for the Dallas Diamonds franchise in the Women's Football Alliance. She made history earlier this year when she was hired by the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League to coach the linebackers and special team units, making her the first woman to coach in a men's professional football league.

"Coaching is nothing more than teaching," Arians said on the Cardinals Web site about Ms. Welter's hiring. "One thing I have learned from players is 'How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don't care if you're the Green Hornet, I'll listen."

Welter also made history in 2014 when she became a running back and special teams player for the Revolution, making her the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men's football league.

She is the second woman to be hired as a full-time coach in one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States, following last year's hiring of Becky Hammon as a full-time assistant by the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs.

The NFL will also witness another breakthrough for women in the upcoming season, when Sarah Thomas takes the field as a full-time game official.

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Located in  in the mountains of Los Angeles, San Rafael, Heredia. Surrounded by trees and nature, beautiful gardens, and a small river.
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34,000 meters square zoned ARC. 130 meters paved road frontage. City water and irrigation runes through property. Year round spring. Bananas and many fruit trees on property. Approx. 1.5K from Sarchí Center, 40K from airport. Plans and permits ready for 2-bedroom house. Proposed subdivision plans are also included. @$15US per meter for total $510,000. Email rnette8@yahoo.com or rguenette272@gmail.com.

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com   Check out slide show HERE!

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This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $889,000.
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For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
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Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

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Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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