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Cablegate: Tip in Turkey: Iom Reports On Tip Victim

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UNCLAS ANKARA 004416

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR G/TIP, G, INL, DRL, EUR/PGI, EUR/SE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM KWMN PGOV PHUM PREF SMIG TU TIP IN TURKEY
SUBJECT: TIP IN TURKEY: IOM REPORTS ON TIP VICTIM
REFERRALS, REPATRIATIONS

1. (U) In an August 5 meeting with Emboff, International
Organization on Migration (IOM) Interim Country Director
Meltem Ersoy asserted that an increase in TIP victim
referrals from the GOT to IOM is a direct result of 1) a
series of IOM-funded law enforcement training sessions that
focus police efforts on screening potential victims; 2) a
growing commitment at the Ministry of Interior (MOI) to
combat trafficking; and 3) the establishment of NGO
facilities in Istanbul to shelter victims while police
conduct anti-TIP investigations. "At this time last year,"
Ersoy noted, "we couldn't have imagined that the police would
be so cooperative," Ersoy said.

2. (U) Ersoy noted that since January 2004, the MOI has
referred 37 victims to IOM for repatriation. IOM provided
the following details about the victims:

DATE-PLACE OF DEPARTURE DESTINATION AGE
----------------------- ----------- ---
02/23/04 - Istanbul Moldova 19
03/04/04 - Adana Moldova 21
03/04/04 - Adana Moldova 26
03/08/04 - Istanbul Moldova 19
03/08/04 - Istanbul Moldova 23
03/11/04 - Istanbul Moldova 23
03/11/04 - Istanbul Moldova 28
03/22/04 - Istanbul Ukraine 29
03/22/04 - Istanbul Ukraine 32
03/28/04 - Istanbul Ukraine 20
03/28/04 - Istanbul Moldova 27
05/19/04 - Adana Ukraine 32
06/10/04 - Ankara Moldova 19-26 (6 victims)
06/10/04 - Ankara Azerbaijan 33
06/10/04 - Ankara Azerbaijan 38
06/16/04 - Istanbul Romania 16-24 (6 victims)
06/20/04 - Erzurum Russia 18
07/07/04 - Ankara Moldova 20
07/07/04 - Ankara Moldova 25
07/15/04 - Antalya Moldova 19
07/24/04 - Istanbul Moldova 19
07/24/04 - Istanbul Moldova 25
07/28/04 - Ankara Moldova 17
07/28/04 - Ankara Moldova 26
08/05/04 - Ankara Moldova 19
08/05/04 - Ankara Moldova 20
08/05/04 - Ankara Moldova 30
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