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Don't Talk About Human Trafficking

26 August 2002 DUSHANBE, 26 August (Asia-Plus)-Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov on 24 August condemned media reports that "many Tajik labor migrants end up as the victims of deception and that some Tajik women are lured into drug trafficking or prostitution rings under false promises of gainful employment." Irrespective of the authenticity of these reports, "their contents are contrary to the moral traditions of the Tajik people and affect the fundamental bases of life of our society." The reports were, he added, hurting the country's international prestige.

Rahmonov therefore believes it is the sacred duty of each Tajik citizen to end both such negative practices and rumors about it, the presidential press office said. Rahmonov noted that "Tajikistan strongly condemns [these] disgraceful phenomena and takes all necessary measures to eradicate them."

Addressing a meeting of the executive committee of the ruling People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan (PDPT) in Dushanbe, Rahmonov said that the country was preparing a number of bills that, in conjunction with current Tajik legislation and international protocols against organized crimes, would create the legal framework and means to solve these problems and iron out contradictions. Rahmonov noted that the country's entire intellectual and spiritual resources would need to be mobilized to fight effectively against these "disgraceful phenomena." He added that the capabilities of state institutions, non-government organizations, and media should be called on, in cooperation with international organizations and foreign states.
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