Uzbekistan Marks Results of “30 Days of Partnership” Campaign on World Day Against Human Trafficking

On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the National Commission on Countering Trafficking in Persons and Forced Labor reported on the results of a 30-day information campaign to fight trafficking in persons and its impact on society in Uzbekistan.

Led by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and "Istiqbolli Avlod" with support from the Government of the United States, Winrock International, UNODC and other partners, the campaign covered all regions.

“During the 30-day campaign, we detected 17 new cases related to trafficking in persons”, said Mr. Narimon Rakhimov, Deputy Head of the Main Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs / Executive Secretary of the Sub-Commission on countering trafficking in persons.

During the final roundtable, participants stressed the importance of listening to and learning from survivors of trafficking in persons, bringing perpetrators to justice and the value of strong, social partnerships to prevent human trafficking.

“Victim support and protection remain crucial for the fight against human trafficking. In addition to ensuring their rehabilitation, this will create an environment in which victims are more comfortable to file a complaint to the police, if they want to. This, in turn, will enable the police to launch criminal cases, which can then be brought to court to hold traffickers accountable”, emphasized Mr. Koen Marquering, UNODC Criminal Justice Programme Coordinator in Central Asia.

USAID, Winrock International, NGO "Istiqbolli Avlod" and UNODC produced and demonstrated a campaign video calling on citizens to be aware of exploitation risks when searching for employment. In the video, which is being widely disseminated on social media and other communication channels, well-known Uzbek bloggers and influencers give the viewer important tips, such as checking information about labor agencies; using only the services of trusted agencies, consulting with others who you trust before taking any decisions; asking for a contract and reading it carefully; and making sure your family and friends have all information about the employer and intermediary.

Globally, the theme of this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is: Victims’ voices lead the way!


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