The United States highly estimates the level of cooperation with Azerbaijan in the sphere of fighting with trafficking and we are glad that the U.S. Department of State report on the state of human trafficking in world countries included Azerbaijan in the second category of countries, Jonathan Henick, head of the Public Affairs Department of the U.S. embassy in Baku, told a news conference on the results of training of specialists on hotline and a special shelters for victims of trafficking in Azerbaijan.
In 2005 a total of 231 cases of victims of trafficking were officially registered in Azerbaijan. However, the figure hardly reflects the reality. Many victims of trafficking simply do not make appeals, which make impossible their inclusion in the official lists.
Three major directions of trafficking have been defined in Azerbaijan: prostitution, work by force and military hiring, he underlined.
According to Henick, the U.S. government allotted $350,000 for support to work carried out by Azerbaijan. In particular, special significance is attached to legislative in this sphere, as well as implementation of state action plan on fighting with human trafficking.