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06DUBAI566
2006-02-07 09:09:00
CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN
Consulate Dubai
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UZBEK CONSUL GENERAL DISCUSSES TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

Tags:   SOCI  KCRM  ECON  PHUM  TC  UZ  KZ  KG 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 1/30/2016
TAGS: SOCI KCRM ECON PHUM TC UZ KZ KG
SUBJECT: UZBEK CONSUL GENERAL DISCUSSES TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS


CLASSIFIED BY: Jason L. Davis, Consul General, Dubai, UAE.
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d)





1. SUMMARY. (SBU) Uzbekistan's Consul General in Dubai,
Bakhityor Madaev, discussed with PolEconoff January 23
Trafficking in Persons and related issues. He reported that
Uzbekistan prosecutes traffickers and restricts travel of single
women to the UAE, but that Neighboring states are used as means
to circumvent Uzbek travel restrictions. While determining the
identity and nationality of women arrested in Dubai is often a
problem, Dubai police records suggest that more Uzbeks are
arrested for "morals violations" than women of any other
nationality. End Summary



2. (SBU) PolEconoff met January 23 with Uzbekistan's Consul
General in Dubai, Bakhityor Madaev, to discuss Trafficking in
Persons and related issues. Also in attendance were Uzbek Vice
Consul Ulmas Magrupov and Accountant General Ikromjon Buranov. A
relative of the Consul General translated between Russian and
English.

Travel Restrictions for Single Women


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3. (SBU) Madaev said that the Uzbek government, which actively
prosecutes trafficking at home, was also seriously trying to
prevent women from traveling to the UAE for prostitution. The
Uzbek authorities prohibit women under the age of 30 from
traveling to the UAE without proof of legitimate employment or
unless accompanied by an immediate male relative e.g., husband,
father, or brother. This restriction has not made it impossible
for Uzbek women to travel to the Gulf for prostitution, whether
trafficked or voluntary, but Madaev believed this restriction
had reduced the number of Uzbek women involved in prostitution
in the UAE.

Alternate Routes


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4. (SBU) Uzbek women under thirty are not, however, prohibited
from traveling to Uzbekistan's neighbors. Madaev said that some
Uzbek women travel first to Kazakhstan or Kyrghyzstan and from
there depart for UAE, in order to circumvent the prohibition of
direct travel. This includes both women traveling on their own
volition and trafficked women. He added that some women
traveling via Kyrghyzstan were able to obtain false Kyrghyz
passports without difficulty.

Questions of Identity


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5. (SBU) One of the main problems encountered by Madaev in
dealing with women arrested by the Dubai police for prostitution
was confirming their identity. He said women from throughout the
former Soviet Union travel to Dubai to work as prostitutes and a
large number of them use false passports. Women engaged in
prostitution prefer to travel on false documents, Madaev said,
in order to mask their true identities and to avoid or delay
deportation to their home country.



6. (SBU) Madaev said he personally interviews all of the women
in police custody who claim to be Uzbek citizens. After an
interview it takes two to three months to get confirmation of
citizenship from the Uzbek Ministry of Interior. Madaev said
that he is involved both in cases where a non-national has used
forged Uzbek documents, and in cases where an Uzbek woman has
used fake documents from a third country.



7. (C) According to statistics obtained from the Dubai police
for 2003 and 2004, Uzbeks represented the largest group, by
nationality, of women arrested for "morals violations." Of 3217
women arrested for morals violations in 2003, 1046 were Uzbek,
compared to 502 Russian, 473 Azeri, and 93 Kyrghyz women. Of
3635 women arrested in 2004, 1092 were Uzbek, compared to 268
Russian, 377 Azeri, and 367 Kyrghyz women.

DAVIS