07TBILISI431, GOG CONTINUES ITS ANTI-TIP PUBLIC OUTREACH

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07TBILISI431 2007-03-05 05:32 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO4754
RR RUEHAG RUEHAST RUEHDA RUEHDBU RUEHDF RUEHFL RUEHIK RUEHKW RUEHLA
RUEHLN RUEHLZ RUEHROV RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHSI #0431 0640532
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 050532Z MAR 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5535
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS TBILISI 000431 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/CARC, G/TIP, DRL 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL GG RU
SUBJECT: GOG CONTINUES ITS ANTI-TIP PUBLIC OUTREACH 
 
 
 1.  (U)  On February 27, Poloff participated in a GOG 
sponsored presentation on anti-trafficking in persons (TIP) 
at the University of Foreign Languages -- the second event 
held in Tbilisi this month.  The presentation included a 
showing of the Frontline documentary titled "Sex-Slave" to an 
audience of over 50 students. The documentary followed three 
investigative journalists who were tracking TIP victims from 
Ukraine to Turkey, and highlighted the different tactics used 
by the traffickers to lure in their victims.  Following the 
film, a question and answer session was led by Mari Meskhi, 
Director of the GOG's State Fund for Victim Protection and 
Assistance (SFVPA), representatives from the Embassy and 
local and international NGOs.  Following numerous questions 
about the GOG's role in anti-TIP and public outreach, the 
students were pleased to find out that the SFVPA planned to 
expand the program to universities outside of Tbilisi. 
 
2.  (U) During the dialogue students raised questions about 
the prosecution of those found guilty of TIP, the role of 
border guards in prevention, and how Georgia's consular 
sections abroad combat and prevent TIP.  One student 
suggested a special diplomatic component inside the consular 
section be created to focus on TIP document fraud, and to 
monitor known brothels/night clubs in countries with a 
high-rate of trafficked women from Georgia.  Meskhi noted the 
suggestion and commented that further work needs to be done 
on all levels of interstate cooperation when it comes to TIP, 
specifically citing problems with extradition.  Meskhi also 
mentioned that initial language is being drafted by the 
Prosecutor General's Office to make patronage of TIP victims 
illegal and punishable under the law. 
 
3.  (U) Comment:  The continued efforts of the SFVPA and 
Prosecutor General's Office to increase public awareness 
about the perils of TIP is a step in the right direction.  We 
will continue to support GOG efforts to increase anti-TIP 
public awareness.  It should be noted that the GOG's 
2007-2008 Anti-TIP Action Plan does contain TIP detection 
training for their consular officers abroad. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEFFT

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