Azerbaijan releases statistics on human traffic
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan 12 /Trend K.Zarbaliyeva/
Sixty-nine crimes related to trafficking were registered in Azerbaijan in 2011, head of the Anti-Trafficking Interior Ministry Jawad Shikhaliev told Trend.
Twenty-nine trafficking victims were identified, 5 organized groups of traffickers were destroyed and 20 people were prosecuted in 2011, Shikhaliev said.
The most trafficking victims were deported to Turkey, less in Russia, UAE and Iran. The majority of them are women aged 20 - 38.
There were 3 cases of illegal exploitation of labor during the reported period. The victims were transported to Russia, and their work is exploited there. Investigation is implemented into the fact.
Shikhaliev pointed out that there were no facts of attracting children into forced labor in 2011.
Two facts of organ transplantation were revealed in 2011. Two Azerbaijani citizens were taken to Sri Lanka. Investigation into the fact is underway.
Stressing that Azerbaijan is not a destination country for trafficking victims, Shikhaliev noted that such facts haven't been revealed in Azerbaijan in 2011. The fact of Uzbekistan citizen involvement in the prostitution was revealed in 2010, Shikhaliev said.
The Ministry revealed 43 facts of involved in prostitution and 53 facts related to the maintence of brothels in 2011, Shikhaliev said. One hundred and twelve women, who voluntarily engaged in prostitution, were detained.
A one time assistance (200 manat), defined by the state, were granted to 29 victims of trafficking and 21 people received assistance from the Fund for Support of the Interior Ministry
"Legal, psychological and medical assistance for all victims of trafficking were provided. The same assistance was provided for one hundred and thirteen victims who didn't wish to cooperate with the police. Assistance to such people is improved permanently. It will be possible to increase the benefits for the victims of the trafficking." Shikhaliev said.
Shikhaliev also noted that large-scale educational activities is held at the state level in order to fight with trafficking.
Joint raids and monitoring is implemented in the stone quarries, construction sites, cotton and tobacco-growing farms belonging to businesses and individuals in order to prevent and identify instances of forced labor and child labor conducted. These facts haven't been revealed in 2011.
Employees of the ministry held educational activities in 66 districts, 33 middle and high schools, 1500 booklets were published, 4000 educational materials were distributed.