Tackling Human Trafficking in Tajikistan

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 Jul 22, 2019

As the human trafficking phenomenon has a high impact in the landlocked Central Asian state, high-profile initiatives are being organized by IOM Tajikistan to mark World Anti-Trafficking Day, which takes place annually on July 30.

One day before the commemoration, the best youth debate teams from all over Tajikistan will convene in the capital Dushanbe to compete in a two-day national debate tournament on trafficking in human beings, intended to increase awareness in the Tajik society of human trafficking and the need to protect the rights of its victims.

The final round of the tournament brings together 36 high school and university students from Dushanbe and the districts of Sughd, Badakhshon and Khatlon. The finalists have won qualifying rounds at district level through debates on child labour and children rights, benefits and risks of migration, and migrants’ rights.

Fighting human trafficking in Tajikistan and the consolidation of the country’s victim-centered support system will be at the heart of an academic conference held on July 30 at the Tajikistan National University (TNU) in Dushanbe, organized by IOM alongside the TNU National Training Centre on Fighting Human Trafficking and Tajikistan’s Inter-Ministerial Anti-Trafficking Committee.

Local think tanks, academia, civil society and government agencies will present their victim-centered efforts and experience, and discuss the use of new technologies in fighting this crime in Tajikistan. Other topics on the agenda include legal representation of victims during investigation and prosecution; full support packages for victims; prevention of re-victimization and stigma; the use of internet in preventing human trafficking and irregular migration; regional and global best practices, and Tajikistan’s international commitments.

So far this year IOM Tajikistan has provided direct assistance to 17 victims of trafficking and prevented eight other cases of potential trafficking, most of whom were male. This indicates a big increase on 2018, when during the whole year, IOM Tajikistan assisted 20 adult Tajik nationals, 19 women of them women, to return home and access assistance for their reintegration. Many of these victims were rescued from sexual and labour exploitation in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Most of the victims assisted by IOM are referred to us by the Tajik authorities, thanks to our close cooperation in detecting and protecting victims. We are equally proud and honoured by our partnership with the Tajik civil society. Our cooperation with over 20 non-governmental organizations around the country has grown stronger over years of working together in securing legal, medical, education and psychological assistance to victims”, commented Cristina Gheorghe Tranca, Chief of Mission, IOM Tajikistan.

For more information please contact Abdulfattoh Shafiev on +992 48 7010222. Email: abdulfattoh@inbox.ru