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03ANKARA2574
2003-04-21 13:46:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Ankara
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TURKEY: REQUESTED ADDITIONAL TIP INFORMATION

Tags:   KCRM  PHUM  KWMN  ELAB  SMIG  ASEC  KFRD  PREF  TU  TIP  IN  TURKEY 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ANKARA 002574 

SIPDIS


FOR G/TIP ROBIN LERNER


E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/18/2013
TAGS: KCRM PHUM KWMN ELAB SMIG ASEC KFRD PREF TU TIP IN TURKEY
SUBJECT: TURKEY: REQUESTED ADDITIONAL TIP INFORMATION

REF: A. A)ROBIN LERNER-CHRISTINA BOILER EMAIL 3/28

B. B) ROBIN LERNER-CHRISTINA BOILER EMAIL 4/07


(U) Classified by Acting Political Counselor Nicholas Kass.
Reason:1.5 (b)(d).




1. (C) Per reftels, additional trafficking-in-persons (TIP)
information for Turkey is provided below.




2. (C) Below are the answers to ref (A), follow up questions
from GOT report:


-- Para 4. According to MFA Second Secretary Belgin Ergunes,
the programs and activities referred to in this paragraph are
the seminars and trainings mentioned later in the report
(e.g., Panel on TIP hosted by the Directorate on the Problems
and Status of Women, MOI training seminars).


-- Para 8. According to the Ministry of Interior (MOI),
officials from multiple MOI departments were chosen to
participate in a training program for educators devised by
the Bucharest organization "Fighting Against Organized Crime"
and the International Center for Migration Policy Development
(ICMPD). These trainers conducted three training seminars in
Ankara, Istanbul, and Trabzon for a total of 75 MOI
officials. The seminars discussed the following issues: (1)
methods of TIP; (2) development of new legal TIP
regulations/implementation of these new laws; (3) assistance
to victims; (4) identification of victims; (5) new
developments within law enforcement regarding TIP; (6) the
role of GOT TIP task force; and (7) improved victim
protection.


-- According to MFA, there is as of yet no time frame for the
media training.


-- Para 12. MFA will provide as soon as possible.


-- Para 15. According to Turkish National Police (TNP) DG
Mehmet Terzioglu, GOT has instructed governorates in 20
cities to begin looking for buildings that could be renovated
and used as shelters. GOT has contacted IOM regarding the
possibility of running a shelter; IOM has provided a concept
paper to the GOT. Terzioglu stressed that GOT was looking at
possibilities for shelter funding. GOT is exploring the
possibility of using EU funds for TIP purposes, including
shelters. Currently, there are funds allocated within the
GOT budget for transportation, food, and medical check-ups
for foreigners, including TIP victims.


-- Investigation and Prosecution. Three specialized units of
MOI have been targeted to receive TIP training: the law and
order units involved in prostitution, foreigners department,
and airport and seaport (border) units. MOI hopes to
continue and expand current TIP training program, but funding
is difficult to find; the British Council funded the initial
three training seminars in Ankara, Istanbul, and Trabzon.


Protection and Assistance


-- Para 23. Some victim identification training was included
in the MOI training. These educators were trained by the
organization "Fighting Against Organized Crime" and ICMPD
(see Para 8 explanation).


-- Para 29. MFA will provide as soon as possible.


-- Para 32. According to MFA officials, the plan to assist
victims involves: (1) the issuance of a humanitarian visa if
appropriate; (2) rehabilitation; and (3) a health check-up.
MFA will supply additional information as soon as possible.


-- Para 35. MFA will provide as soon as possible.




3. (C) Below are the answers to ref (B), follow up questions
to Ankara 1396.


-- Para 8D. Since August 2002, four cases have been brought
against traffickers under Article 201. Of these, two
separate trials are underway in Ordu and Van provinces;
officials are still investigating the remaining two cases.
Additionally, 34 people have been apprehended under Article
201 (b).


-- Para 6D. According to MFA and MOI officials, MOI has
instructed governors to issue visas and residency permits to
TIP victims.


-- Para 6E. This information was compiled in numerous
interviews with GOT officials (including prosecutors,
provincial officials, and central officials), newspaper
articles, NGOs (including IOM and other womens groups).


-- Para 6H. Post has no information on anti-corruption
efforts or any arrests/internal investigations against
government officials involved in trafficking.


-- Para 7C. Trabzon Governor Adil Yazar (since replaced)
stated that he had worked with a local NGO women's group to
help victims of trafficking by providing education on how to
make and sell consumables and handicrafts; the women who
benefited from the training were those whose husbands had
left them for "natashas." He also told us he had worked
closely with the Trabzon police on TIP issues, urging them to
ensure all local police were kept well-informed of
TIP-related developments in Ankara.
PEARSON