Research of unreported cases of human trafficking in the Kyrgyz Republic
On May 25, 2021, a round table was held to discuss the results of a study of unregistered cases of human trafficking in the Kyrgyz Republic conducted with the support of the USAID project "Safe Migration in Central Asia" implemented by Winrock International in cooperation with the research company M-Vector.
The study pursued the following goals:
- identify the main obstacles to the registration and investigation of human trafficking crimes,
- develop recommendations based on the analysis of human trafficking cases and primary research data.
To achieve the set goals and objectives, various data gathering techniques have been used.
As part of the desk research, open data from the following resources was considered:
- Reports and publications of the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, civil society organizations, and international organizations;
- Media publications;
- publications and materials of state bodies;
- Previous research reports;
- International documents in the field of combating and preventing human trafficking;
- Regulatory legal acts of the Kyrgyz Republic, etc.
To collect primary information and analyze it, there were conducted 63 in-depth interviews and 3 focus group discussions with various target groups in all regions of the Kyrgyz Republic:
- victims of human trafficking;
- representatives of civil society organizations;
- current and former law enforcement personnel;
- Judges (including representatives of the Supreme Court);
- lawyers and experts;
- Employees of a number of ministries and departments that are subjects to the National Mechanism for the Referral of Victims of human trafficking;
- Members of the Coordinating Council for the Prevention and Combating of Human Trafficking under the local State administration of Osh and Chui regions.
At the event, the welcoming speech was delivered by:
- Alchiev Rysbek Karagulovich - Deputy Prosecutor General of the Kyrgyz Republic
- Soltonbekova Aliza Karypbekovna - First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic
- Eleanor Valentine - USAID “Safe Migration in Central Asia Project” Manager
During the round table, the M-Vector company presented the results of the project “Research and analysis of unreported cases of human trafficking in the Kyrgyz Republic”. The participants of the event also discussed the specifics of the work of civil society organizations and crisis centers with victims of human trafficking.
As a result of the Round Table, the need for close cooperation and interaction between government bodies, civil society organizations and international organizations was mentioned to effectively combat human trafficking. First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, Aliza Soltonbekova, emphasized the importance of implementing the recommendations that were proposed following the results of the study and data analysis.
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