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Slavery in the past

“Auyl zheri”, #13 (29), 2002

Slavery in the past

   There are many ways to earn money. One of them is working abroad. But are you sure that does not mean becoming a victim of sexual slavery? Many will say “That will affect some, but not me».” This will affect you, if you make light of all this.
   The risk of being a slave in a foreign country is great. The consequences are poverty, insecurity, lack of rights, violence, and tears.
   Human trafficking of people of South Kazakhstan has recently gained momentum and now is the largest illegal business there. People of working age, particularly 18-45 years, are trying to secure money abroad. Our society is still not very informed and has not formed a public opinion about this issue.
   South Kazakhstan is one of the transport centers of the illegal shipment of “live goods” for various States. Law enforcement agencies are exploring in depth the system of illegal shipment, which is a well-established. Statistics about temporary migration show that the number of people wishing to work abroad is increasing every day. This group of people is composed of age groups from 18 to 35 years of both genders. The objectives of departure, especially girls and women, are unclear because many are reluctant to be open. There is therefore a real danger of these women becoming victims of sexual slavery. The lack of official statistics as indicators of trafficking of women from Kazakhstan or lack of the public presentation of the problem creates the best conditions for the flourishing of traffic in our country. They constitute the modern forms of violence and slavery.
   The Legal Center for Women's Initiatives “Sana Sezim” regularly conducts seminars on this topic, where women and girls can learn of the repercussions of such a trip, get advice, learn how one can find a way out of the situation, and how they can protect themselves.
   If you decide to work abroad, it is worth is to call NGO “Sana Sezim” where you can first receive advice: 21-61-52.