Azerbaijan, Baku, Jul.31 / Trend A.Huseynbala /
An office of network of anti-human trafficking of Azerbaijan (NAHTAZ) opened in Shirvan city, Azerbaijan.
Presentation ceremony of the office was held in the Shirvan Resource Center of Azerbaijani National Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Forum in Shirvan, NAHTAZ told Trend .
Some 134 persons were arrested with a charge of human trafficking in the first half of 2009.
The number of crimes committed against women decreased by 15.9 percent compared to the same period of 2008, the Azerbaijani Interior Ministry's operational-statistical information central department said.
The ministry registered 95 similar crimes in the first half of 2009 and 113 crimes in the same period of 2008. Some 68.7 percent or 92 of these crimes were committed by women.
The new office is charged to strengthen struggle against human trafficking in Shirvan region, to develop cooperation of the NGOs and the regional NGOs involved in anti-human trafficking in Baku, to provide assistance to victims of trafficking, to develop relations between the NGOs and the governmental bodies and to raise public awareness about human trafficking.
Representatives of the embassies, international organizations, local NGOs, as well as founders of NAHAZ took part in the opening ceremony. Azerbaijani Migration Center Head Alovsat Aliyev, Women's Crisis Center Head Matanat Azizova and head of "The Youth against human trafficking" public union Asif Ismayilov informed about the network and action plan of the new office, the same source said.
NAHTAZ, which operates since January 2009, continues expanding its activities against human trafficking. The network operates more actively in the regions, where the ministry revealed the most cases of human trafficking. NAHTAZ opened its regional office in Ganja on March 26, the report said.
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