Published: 17 Dec 2015 | By Alexandra Ivakhnik

Human trafficking in Azerbaijan


On 1 October 2010, the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (‘the Convention’) entered into force in Azerbaijan. Four years later the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (‘GRETA’) (which is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention) conducted its first study on the situation in Azerbaijan. The study revealed a high level of human trafficking, taking place both internally and across the country’s borders. In particular, GRETA emphasised that Azerbaijan remains a country of origin, transit and destination for the trafficking of people for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced labour. Women and children are sent from Azerbaijan to Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, in order to provide sexual services. At the same time, migrant workers coming to Azerbaijan from Afghanistan, India, and the Philippines are often subjected to forced labour.

You can read Alexandra Ivakhnik’s summary of the Council of Europe report by following the links below.