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IOM’s LECTURE FOCUCES ON ISSUES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

2011-11-18

IOM’s LECTURE FOCUCES ON ISSUES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

On November 4, 2011, as a result of effective cooperation and coordination between UN and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the Mission of International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Turkmenistan provided a 2-hour lecture on "IOM Programmes and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in Central Asia" for students and teaching staff of the Institute of Foreign Relations of Turkmenistan. The lecture was attended by more than 60 students.

The main goal of the lecture was to familiarize students and teaching staff of the Institute with the activities of the International Organization for Migration in Central Asia, particularly in Turkmenistan, as well as with the Human Trafficking issues and fight against organized crime.  

The lecture covered the areas of management of migration processes, the main migration trends in Central Asia, IOM programs and results achieved in Central Asia.


One of the key parts of the presentation was on “Trafficking in Human Being”. Participants introduced themselves in detail to the concepts of modern day slavery, definition of human trafficking, international and national standards of legislation in fighting this illegal activity, and identifying the victims of human trafficking and provision of assistance to them. The topic raised the audience’s great interest, and the session continued with questions, answers and discussions. Also, during the lecture, participants discussed the issues related to migration trends, legislation of Turkmenistan on combating human trafficking and the consequences of irregular migration.

There was demonstration of the movie "The Long Way Home" at the last part of the lecture. This thematic movie had a strong impression on the participants and helped them to better understand the problem of human trafficking. 

The event was conducive to raising the awareness of students about human trafficking and the risks associated with trafficking. Also, the participants were informed about the services of hotlines in Turkmenistan, where they can receive advice and consultations on studying or working abroad in case of need.