The first in a series of PCU training courses on anti-trafficking for investigators and operative agents of Uzbekistan’s police was held in Urgench (Khorezm province) from 14 to 18 May. The course brought together 25 participants from the Khorezm, Bukhara and Navoiy provinces, as well as the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan.
The training’s objective was to develop the participants’ relevant skills and attitudes in identifying victims of human trafficking and labour exploitation in order to be able to refer them to the appropriate legal, social and psychological assistance bodies. Particular attention was also paid to new forms and methods of recruiting potential victims of human trafficking. Furthermore, this year’s training took an innovative approach by exploring the link between human trafficking and terrorism.
The training was organized within the framework of the PCUz project ‘Support to Further Development of the National Institutional Framework and Operational Capacity to address Trafficking in Human Beings in Uzbekistan’, which is part of the PCUz’s longstanding commitment to assist Uzbekistan in combating trafficking in human beings.