Sunday, December 07, 2008

Armenia primary-source of trafficking

2008-12-05 20:12:00

There are three types of countries for trafficking: primary-source, transit and target, Hunan Poghosyan, Colonel, the head of the Chief Anticrime Department of the Armenian Police, said at the press conference Friday.

He said Armenia is mostly a primary-source country i.e. people leave for other states to earn money through prostitution. However, H. Poghosyan said that unlike other primary-source states, girls and women in Armenia are not procured for prostitution, they, probably, leave on voluntary basis. However, they are subjected to violence in target states where they leave for to earn money through prostitution. The most favorable target states for Armenian prostitutes are Turkey and the UAE, Colonel Poghosyan said.

He also added that only one person arrived in Armenia to earn money through prostitution in 2008. Hence, Armenia was a target-state just in one case. He also added that no case of trafficking in children was registered in the country in 2008.

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