Trafficking in Persons -Azerbaijan

  Trafficking in Persons  -Azerbaijan

Trafficking in Persons

There are no laws that specifically prohibit trafficking in persons, although traffickers may be prosecuted under articles prohibiting forced prostitution, forced labor, and forgery of travel documents; trafficking in persons remained a problem. There were unconfirmed reports that corruption by officials facilitated trafficking.
Under the Criminal Code, the act of forcing an individual into prostitution carries a 10- to 15-year jail term, which is a harsher sentence than in the previous code. The Criminal Code provides penalties for persons who enslave, rape, or coerce children into prostitution. The Criminal Code is not limited to citizens, but it has no extra-territorial effect. The October presidential election slowed the response of the presidential administration to begin modifying the Criminal Code to include anti-trafficking legislation in compliance with the Protocol.

During the year, there were 17 cases of “coercion into prostitution” and 3 cases of “coercion of minors into prostitution or immoral activities” referred to the courts. In 2002, four persons whom international organizations considered to be traffickers were prosecuted under forgery laws in the Criminal Code.

According to the IOM, the country was primarily a country of origin and a transit point for trafficked women, men, and children. In a 2002 report, the IOM documented approximately 32 cases of trafficking victims from the country. The IOM reported that Azeri, Russian, and Georgian women were most often trafficked from, or via, the country to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey for work in the sex industry. There were also reports of internal trafficking from the rural regions to the capital of Baku. Primarily Iranians, Iraqis, Afghans, and migrants from south Asia were smuggled via the country to Europe–particularly Germany, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands–and possibly the United States, where they may have had their passports confiscated, been subjected to forced labor, and/or sought asylum. Traffickers generally targeted women; however, there also were cases in which men and children were victims of trafficking.

Traffickers identified by the IOM were either foreigners or ethnic Azerbaijanis who acted in loose international networks, probably without central coordination. Victims were approached directly and indirectly through friends and relatives. Traffickers also used newspaper advertisements offering false work abroad. According to the Society for the Defense of Women’s Rights, draft-age men seeking to escape military service in 2000 were invited by local traffickers to work in the hotel industry in Turkey, but ended up in male brothels; however, the IOM was not aware of such reports. Another NGO reported that families of young women had been approached by individuals claiming that visiting Iranian businessmen had seen their daughters and wished to marry them. Following parental permission for such marriages, the women were transported to Iran to work as prostitutes. According to the IOM, families sometimes willingly married their daughters to wealthy men in Iran and turned a blind eye to their outcomes.

There was no evidence of government complicity in the facilitation of the trafficking of persons; however, NGOs suspected that lower-level civil servants accepted bribes from traffickers in exchange for overlooking to their activities.

The MIA, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the Ministry of National Security, and the Border Guards were responsible for antitrafficking efforts. There were no government antitrafficking campaigns. There was no mechanism to return trafficked women to Azerbaijan; according to the IOM, there were deportations of Azerbaijani and third country nationals back to the country for trafficking or prostitution, particularly by Turkey and UAE, but the Government had no program to assist trafficked victims who were returned to the country, pending implementation of the national plan of action.

Several NGOs and the State Committee for Women’s Issues dealt with the problems of trafficking in women and prostitution. The IOM provided training to domestic NGOs to operate emergency hotlines and secure accommodations for trafficking victims and conducted awareness campaigns; in 2002, it completed a study of trafficking in the country.

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Azerbaijan Alert

Azerbaijan Alert

The Ministry of Children and Family Development, Adoption Services has received information from the Canadian Embassy in Russia regarding the suspension of adoptions in Azerbaijan.

Both international and domestic adoptions have been suspended for reasons that include an investigation of a hospital that has possible involvement in domestic child trafficking, and serious concerns about corruption and transparency in international adoptions.
Many victims of trafficking are mostly taken to Turkey, Pakistan, Greece and the United Arab Emirates. At the same time, people from Russia, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Ukraine are taken to Azerbaijan for sex work. According to calculations, criminals can earn from 12,000 to 15,000 dollars from each person monthly.
Traffickers identified by the IOM were either foreigners or ethnic Azerbaijanis who acted in loose international networks, probably without central coordination. Victims were approached directly and indirectly through friends and relatives. Traffickers also used newspaper advertisements offering false work abroad. According to the Society for the Defense of Women’s Rights, draft-age men seeking to escape military service in 2000 were invited by local traffickers to work in the hotel industry in Turkey, but ended up in male brothels; however, the IOM was not aware of such reports. Another NGO reported that families of young women had been approached by individuals claiming that visiting Iranian businessmen had seen their daughters and wished to marry them. Following parental permission for such marriages, the women were transported to Iran to work as prostitutes. According to the IOM, families sometimes willingly married their daughters to wealthy men in Iran and turned a blind eye to their outcomes

Feb 2013 Asteroid Will Be Within Thousands of Miles of Earth; Impact Would Be As Big As Siberian Tunguska Event; 1000 Times More Powerful Than Hiroshima

Feb 2013 Asteroid Will Be Within Thousands of Miles of Earth; Impact Would Be As Big As Siberian Tunguska Event; 1000 Times More Powerful Than Hiroshima

The asteroid, known as DA14, will pass by our planet in February 2013 at a distance of under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is closer than the geosynchronous orbit of some satellites.

There is a possibility the asteroid will collide with Earth, but further calculation is required to estimate the potential threat and work out how to avert possible disaster, NASA expert Dr. David Dunham told students at Russia’s University of Electronics and Mathematics.

“The Earth’s gravitational field will alter the asteroid’s path significantly. Further scrupulous calculation is required to estimate the threat of collision,” said Dr. Dunham, as transcribed by Russia’s Izvestia. “The asteroid may break into dozens of small pieces, or several large lumps may split from it and burn up in the atmosphere. The type of the asteroid and its mineral structure can be determined by spectral analysis. This will help predict its behavior in the atmosphere and what should be done to prevent the potential threat,” said Dr. Dunham.

In the event of a collision, scientists have calculated that the energy released would equate to the destructive power of a thermo-nuclear bomb.

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Fundamental Transformation of America Equals turning legal civil society into illegal one

Fundamental Transformation of America Equals turning legal civil society into illegal one

In the ongoing forced Battle Royale between a president and what he sees as his all but captured USA civil society, there’s no longer any mystique behind the “Fundamental Transformation of America”. It’s becoming more clear by day that the ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’ is a long-planned formula that is forcing legal civil society into a complete illegal society.

A new kind of segregation has returned. Decency, law-abiding, individual, God and liberty loving are being strategically culled from humanity’s herd. Goodness is punished by Marxists in control of government and those adjectives above is how they identify “the enemy”. With all the heady power of How the West was Won now centralized in one high-handed administration, President Barack Hussein Obama is creating a new society that can be described in three little words: illegals trumping legals. It makes no difference to the regime that theirs is no different than the Politburo, other than no people are being killed off openly—yet.

Obama took a 9-hour plane ride to Las Vegas yesterday at a cost of $1.6 million to unemployed Americans, all to make a speech about the new world order that now describes immigration reform: wholesale amnesty with no borders in between.

You don’t have to be conservative or libertarian to be aware that virtually all things America stands for are disappearing from the landscape. With November 6 still viewable in the rearview mirror, the Second Amendment is being wiped off the books, borders are being made to disappear, the military. already being gutted by massive defunding, now includes sending women to the front.

Just as there is no mystique behind the Fundamental Transformation of America, there is no mystery behind Obama’s 9-hour, $1.6 million plane ride to Vegas yesterday. It was merely the best way to drive home his in-your-face, “I’m-in-the-driver’s-seat-now-and-there’s-no-way-to-stop-me, point. With school children being taught songs to praise him, Hollywood stars and non-elected czars kissing his rear, the message being driven to the masses is that he’s in charge and America will no longer be America when he’s finished.

Watch for his next Marxist tactics. The hedonistic couple known worldwide as Barack and Michelle will soon media-announce another holiday.

Going on holiday is nothing to do with Obama’s incessant rounds of golf, hoop shooting or pretense at “all the time” Camp David skeet shooting.

Since bursting onto the world stage as the “watch-them-faint” celebrity cult leader of all time, Obama’s style has been one of taunting, ever taunting.

He’s cellophaned his wife and children as being more precious than yours, while pretending to be a defender of women and children.

Surrounded as he is by Hollywood stars and entertainers, ostensibly enjoying life at its fullest, enabled by the ever crying-for-more Free Stuff crowd always at the command of his next finger snap, it’s hard to see down through to the foggy bottom.

Think of Obama riding roughshod over Brokeback Mountain America. Everything left that still worked when he happened along is being smashed with parts that functioned scattered to the four winds.

Though his traveling running dogs in the mainstream media will never portray it, Obama is exceedingly dangerous to others because he is withered at his core. He is withered by the soldiers because he’s never had the courage to be one; withered by athletes like football players, whom he can easily diminish by claiming that he’d never let his non-existent son be one.

Some of his most Marxist turn-the-table-on-the-truth tricks are Obama at his heinous best. Without any salute to human nature, he likes to boast about how the Repubs are on his side. Obama likes to blame the cowardice of one John Boehner on radio talk show success Rush Limbaugh. Tauntingly he hints that it’s all over for the Rebublicans using an arrogant first person description about how Boehner and others like him work for “Obama”.

But the truth is there is very little difference between Obama and the go-along-to-‘git-along Repubs like the “two Johns”, Boehner and McCain. Most Dems and Republicans are greedy, power-lusting politicians who care only about themselves and not the little people, who one way or the other, voted them in.

Obama is showing us nothing new. We’ve always had the smug John McCain types who would sell their very souls all for the comfort and riches that come with political life.

These are dark days with Obama tightening the lid on the jar of flies known as humanity. But we should never lose sight of what gets to Obama most: the worry you may survive his exchange of the legals for the illegals.

That America will somehow survive even beyond his time is what keeps Obama lashing out; it’s what keeps him trying to perfect a plan that makes legals illegal at a cost paid for by the legals, and even though he and his cult followers and the goose-stepping mainstream media will never own up to it, it’s what is keeping Obama awake at night