Uzbek President Approves National Plan to Struggle against Human Trafficking

Uzbekistan Materials 25 July 2008 11:14 (UTC +04:00)

Uzbekistan, Tashkent, 25 July / Trend corr. T.Jukov / Uzbek President Islam Karimov issued a document to 'extend efficiency to struggle against human trafficking'. Under the document, published in local press, a state commission to struggle against human trafficking will be established in the country. Commission's key tasks are to coordinate activity in state departments, as well as to collect information about this crime.

The Cabinet of Ministers was ordered to develop the necessary documents as soon as possible to render aid to human trafficking victims and to implement social rehabilitation of victims.

Uzbek President approved the national plan of actions to prevent human trafficking for 2008-2010. Nineteen different arrangements with participation of the National Security Service (NSS), Internal Ministry, Prosecutor General's Office, Foreign Ministry, Justice Ministry and Labour and Social Protection Ministry were included into the state plan's strategy.

Special operations to reveal and prevent individuals and juridical entities engaged in human trafficking are envisaged within the framework of the national plan of actions. Furthermore, the joint measures by NSS and Internal Ministry will be taken to reveal and prevent foreigners engaged in human trafficking for sexual purpose. Special classes devoted to human trafficking are also planning to teach within the framework of the Odobnoma subject in colleges and lycées.

A special point was developed regarding to take all the necessary measures to protect and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking. Law enforcements and public organizations were ordered to protect victims and witnesses, as well as the persons who participated in operations to reveal crimes. The complex of measures will be taken in the country to prevent this crime and to return the Uzbek citizens, underwent to human trafficking, to their motherland.

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