Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Uzbekistan: Ministers to Tackle Sex Trade

UZBEKISTAN - Sex trafficking has made a rare appearance on the agenda of a government meeting in Uzbekistan.

The trafficking of women for the sex trade is a widespread problem throughout Central Asia, but is seldom talked about openly by Uzbek officials. The meeting, held in the capital, Tashkent, highlights growing concern about the issue.

People-trafficking is a problem in many former Soviet republics, driven by poverty and a lack of jobs at home.

Uzbekistan publishes no figures about the scale of people-smuggling from the republic, but a police representative said a special unit of more than 100 agents was fighting the problem.

He said the number of cases was growing by up to 120 annually - but analysts say that officials habitually under-report negative statistics in Uzbekistan...


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