Nearly 1,500 Uzbeks fall victim to human trafficking in Jan-Sep 08 - prosecutor
Nearly 1,500 people fell victim to crimes related to human trafficking in Uzbekistan over the first nine months of 2008, Uzbek Prosecutor-General Rashidjon Qodirov said in an article published by the Uzbek Inson va Qonun newspaper on 21 October.
"According to official information, 1,449 people fell victim to crimes related to human trafficking over the first nine months of this year," Rashidjon Qodirov said.
"Over the past nine months of this year, the country’s law enforcement agencies opened 436 criminal cases over human trafficking against 339 people, and 203 of them are men and 136 are women," the article says.
"Analyses show that our country’s citizens are being taken to the UAE, Kazakhstan, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, India, Israel, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Costa Rica with the aim of forcing them into prostitution. They are being trafficked to Kazakhstan and Russia for forced labour and services," it adds.