Police of the Kyrgyz Republic Show Their Interest in Helping Victims

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Criminal Justice Program with generous support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (U.S. State Department)is organizing two three-day workshops for police officers on trafficking in persons (TIP). The training is designed to train police on how to identify and assist victims. Local, regional, and international experts will present on TIP basics and migrant smuggling. The two sessions (Bishkek, November 12-14) and Osh (November 16-18) will train over 40 police officers from all over Kyrgyzstan.

During the training, participants will discuss how to detect human trafficking and will learn practical information from actual previous TIP cases. Additionally, experts will explain the importance of the criminal justice system in protecting victims and the role of witness protection.

The exploitation of one human being by another is the basest of crimes. Yet trafficking in persons remains all too common, with few consequences for the perpetrators.There are considerable regional differences with regard to forms of exploitation. According to UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in persons (2014) in Europe and Central Asia, sexual exploitation makes up 66%, forced labor,servitude and slavery like – 26%, other forms of exploitation – 8%.

The crime of trafficking in persons affects virtually every country in the world. Between 2010 and 2012, victims with 152 different citizenships were identified in 124 countries across the globe. These official figures represent only the visible part of the trafficking phenomenon–the actual figures are likely to be far greater.

For more information please, contact the national coordinator of the project Ms. Madina Sarieva.

Email: madina.sarieva@unodc.org tel. + 996 312 321732, + 996 770 757797