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[29.06.2OO3] IOM Assesses Human Trafficking in Kyrgyzstan

At a weekend seminar on human trafficking in Kyrgyzstan, data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was cited that indicate that about 4,000 Kyrgyz citizens are trafficked annually.
 
IOM staff member Damira Smanalieva was quoted as telling the seminar that Kyrgyz girls are falling victim to the same tricks used by organized crime in other countries to lure the unsuspecting into prostitution in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, China, Germany, Greece, and Korea. According to the IOM, when the girls are no longer useful as prostitutes, they are forced by their "purchasers" to serve as drug couriers or organ donors. Kyrgyz men are reportedly being sold to work on Kazakh tobacco plantations. Smanalieva was quoted as saying that shortcomings in Kyrgyzstan's legislation are making it difficult to combat human trafficking effectively, and the number of prosecutions for the crime declined from 18 in 1999 to just four in 2000. More recent data was not cited.
 
Deutsche Welle, June 29, 2003

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