A two-day regional counter trafficking forum bringing together civil society representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan was hosted this week by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Representatives of the Tajik government, civil society leaders and other human rights actors gathered in Dushanbe to discuss effective partnership in combating trafficking in persons in Tajikistan.
A two-day national forum on “Social and Legal Partnership in Combating Human Trafficking” organized on March 3-4, 2017 brought together key stakeholders in the Republic of Tajikistan to address human trafficking challenges and joint actions to fight trafficking and assist victims.
Up to 16 hours of work a day, living in a utility room, hunger, stress, and depression, and humiliation – that was Ganjina’s life for two years in Russia, where she went looking for job and prosperity, but found herself locked in a labor slavery.
In late 2013, Jamshedov’s (surname is changed) were in a very difficult financial situation with Shahlo (name changed) and Malik (name changed) were left without a job at the same time.
Hundreds of Istaravshan city residents learned about threats of trafficking in persons’ through a mobile theatrical show performed by known and honored actor of the Republic of Tajikistan, Alovuddin Abdulloev and his team on 28 March 2017.
The series of mobile theatrical performances were organized under the USAID Dignity and Rights Project, which is implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Tajikistan and is made possible by the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Over half a million Tajiks left home to work abroad last year, the majority in the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan. They are attracted by the steady supply of work, high wages, absence of a visa regime, relatively low travel expenses and familiarity with the local language and culture.
The Republic of Tajikistan is one of 27 high burden countries for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and returned Tajik migrant workers have been identified by the National TB Control Programme as one of the key vulnerable population groups.
IOM has opened a market in Hamadoni district, Tajikistan, with the generous support of the Government of the United Kingdom. The market is located 1 km from the border with Afghanistan and is one of nine community infrastructure projects built by IOM and funded by the United Kingdom in 2017.