Azerbaijan, Baku, May 5 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
A week to combat human trafficking started off in Azerbaijan today.
Baku hosted a relevant event with the participation of the OSCE Baku office, the Interior Ministry's Office for Combating Human Trafficking, International Organization for Migration and the International Labor Organization.
The week aimed to strengthen educational work on human trafficking. The event noted that the OSCE Baku office, with the participation of NGOs and government agencies, will organize an international conference on trafficking in late May.
Addressing the meeting, Deputy Chief of the Office for Combating Human Trafficking Imran Najafov said the office revealed 70 cases of human trafficking in 2010. Some 39 people were brought to justice and 34 people were victims of trafficking.
Some 27 victims were placed in asylums, five were provided with jobs and 21 sent to vocational courses.
The office ensured that 31 persons who are potential victims of trafficking are given jobs; 30 persons have been given a lump-sum of compensation.
The office's "hot line" received 13,699 complaints in 2010, 15 of them referred to the victims of human trafficking. Of the complaints, 1,436 were related to job offers abroad, 652 - to receive education abroad and 82 - marriage with foreigners.