07ASTANA3082, TWO ANTI-TRAFFICKING OPERATIONS IN KAZAKHSTAN RESULT IN

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07ASTANA3082 2007-11-09 12:05 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO2819
PP RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDBU RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #3082 3131205
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 091205Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1153
INFO RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY

UNCLAS ASTANA 003082 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL/AAE (BUHLER), G/TIP, SCA/CEN (O'MARA) 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR SOCI KCRM KZ
SUBJECT: TWO ANTI-TRAFFICKING OPERATIONS IN KAZAKHSTAN RESULT IN 
BROTHEL CLOSURES, ARRESTS 
 
1. Summary:  Police closed brothels and arrested a number of 
individuals involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution 
during two week-long operations conducted recently to combat human 
trafficking in Kazakhstan.  End summary. 
 
2.  During September 23 - September 30, the Organized Crime Unit of 
Kazakhstan's Ministry of Interior (MVD) conducted an 
anti-trafficking operation in major Kazakhstani cities.  The 
operation resulted in three criminal cases involving human 
trafficking, including one case of trafficking of minors.  Fourteen 
criminal cases were initiated against individuals accused of pimping 
and maintaining brothels, and one case was opened against 
individuals accused of forcing victims to work as prostitutes.  In 
total, 213 prostitutes and 15 pimps were arrested. 
 
3. A second, larger-scale, operation was conducted throughout 
Kazakhstan by several law enforcement agencies during October 29 - 
November 5.  This operation uncovered six cases of human 
trafficking; five cases of forced prostitution; two cases of 
kidnapping; five cases of deprivation of freedom for the purpose of 
exploitation; and 38 cases of pimping and maintaining brothels. 
Police closed 22 brothels and arrested 30 pimps and 339 
prostitutes. 
 
4. In one specific case uncovered during the second operation, the 
Organized Crime Division of the MVD in Almaty received information 
that a woman had been kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute 
in a hotel.  The police rescued the victim, who reported that she 
was kidnapped from the city of Karaganda in October and trafficked 
to Almaty, where she was "sold" for 120,000 tenge (USD 1,000).  The 
owner of the hotel, who was a member of the group that "purchased" 
the victim, was arrested; the investigation is on-going.  In a 
second case, police arrested two individuals in Kokshetau, Akmola 
oblast, for confining a 15-year old girl in a sauna, where they used 
violence and threats to compel her to work as prostitute. 
 
5. Comment:  These two operations are an encouraging signal with 
respect to Kazakhstan's commitment to combating human trafficking. 
That said, it remains to be seen how the criminal cases will be 
followed up on by the procuracy and the courts.  End Comment. 
 
ORDWAY

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