07ASTANA1925, KAZAKHSTAN: SIX TRAFFICKERS DO THE CRIME… AND GET TIME

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07ASTANA1925 2007-07-17 06:41 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO5497
PP RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDBU RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #1925 1980641
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 170641Z JUL 07 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0100
INFO RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE
RUEAWJA/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHDC
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY

UNCLAS ASTANA 001925 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL/AAE (ALTON), G/TIP (FARAJ), SCA/CEN (O'MARA), SCA/RA 
(PFLEIDERER), TASHKENT FOR ALLEN 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR KCRM KCOR PREL PGOV KZ UZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: SIX TRAFFICKERS DO THE CRIME... AND GET TIME 
 
REF: A) 06 ASTANA 32 
     B) ASTANA 62 
 
1. (U) Summary: On July 12, the town court in the western 
Kazakhstani city of Aktobe convicted and sentenced six people for 
torturing and using force to secure the labor and sexual services of 
13 citizens of Uzbekistan.  The Uzbek men and women had been held as 
slaves in a sauna complex.  The police discovered the situation on 
July 17, 2006 and moved the victims to a shelter for the duration of 
the trial.  The successful conviction of the traffickers was result 
of cooperation between Uzbekistani and Kazakhstani police and 
representatives of local and international NGOs funded by INL and 
USAID grants.  End summary. 
 
2. (U) Interfax Kazkhstan reported on July 12, 2007 that six 
traffickers were convicted of trafficking or abetting trafficking. 
The main defendant was a 37-year old woman who was the owner of the 
Atager sauna complex in Aktobe.  She was sentenced to seven years in 
prison for trafficking in persons and using force against people. 
Her two brothers were convicted of rape and torture.  One brother 
received six years in prison and the other three years probation.  A 
brother-in-law, an employee of the sauna complex, was convicted of 
sexual assault and torture and sentenced to six years imprisonment. 
 
 
3. (U) Two intermediaries from Beineu (a town near the 
Kazakhstani-Uzbekistani border) were also convicted. One woman was 
sentenced to three years in prison and the other was put on 
probation for two and a half years.  (Note:  The woman received 
probation because she had a minor child.  End note.)  The press 
reported that three Uzbek recruiters were convicted in Uzbekistan 
and will be imprisoned in Uzbekistan. 
 
4. (SBU) Post contact Timur Karimov, Head of the Trafficking in 
Persons Unit of the Criminal Police Department in the Ministry of 
Interior, confirmed the substance of the story as reported by 
Interfax.  He also provided further details on the convictions and 
terms of sentences - the court ordered the traffickers to pay each 
victim $400 as compensation for moral damage and a total of $2,000 
in salary compensation split between the 13. 
 
5. (SBU) Comment: Joint efforts of Kazakhstani and Uzbekistani 
police to investigate this case, their cooperation with local NGOs 
and with the International Organization for Migration in both 
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan resulted in the successful conviction and 
sentencing of the traffickers.  In this one case, the government of 
Kazakhstan quintupled its conviction rate over the previous year. 
 
6.  (SBU) Comment continued: Programs of the International Narcotics 
and Law Enforcement Office (INL) and USAID both contributed to this 
successful prosecution, conviction, and sentencing.  INL has been 
trainng law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges to 
properly detect, investigate, prosecute, and convict traffickers. 
One notable participant in INL courses has been Serik Aldashev from 
the Aktobe police department who led the case against the sauna 
traffickers.  USAID has been working with local and international 
NGOs to provide assistance and protection to Uzbekistani victims. 
End comment. 
 
 
MILAS

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