Editor’s note: Beginning this year, female Uzbekistan nationals must pledge that they shall not become prostitutes outside of the country in order to receive their exit visa, reports neweurasia’s Abulfazal. “Is Uzbekistan a Central Asian prostitution pearl so well-known in the world that everybody sleeps and dreams about [it]?” he writes. (We’re skipping our usual mid-week Top Story to highlight this post.)
Check this out: in order to leave Uzbekistan nationals should get an exit-visa sticker, which is such an archaic phenomenon still in practice in Uzbekistan; starting this year all the females of my country should now pledge of not becoming prostitutes abroad.
Hellooow? Are we living in a country famous for its body-selling traditions? Or is Uzbekistan a Central Asian prostitution pearl so well-known in the world that everybody sleeps and dreams about bringing an Uzbek woman to his country using different excuses (tour, education, work, etc.) to just get his “portion of a unique joy?”
How offensive is that to see women of your family writing an insulting statement like:
“I, (name, surname), (year of birth), am aware of the situation with human trafficking and prostitution. By leaving my country I pledge not to be involved in prostitution, not to sell myself and others to slavery.”
First of all, prostitutes will do their job without even thinking to change their mind once they “pledged.” Secondly, those who literally sell and buy people also don’t give a damn about this statement. Simply because it does not have any kind of legal power. Once any trafficker is caught he or she will get the full punishment and this paper won’t make any difference in the final sentence.
I’m quite sure that this order was sent from the upper-power-holders sitting in nice offices and knowing that this is nothing but bullcrap with theatrical scenario to report on the “activities and measures taken to prevent trafficking in persons” in future for the highest instance — the President.
Local interior departments have started implementation in the beginning of this year. Hopefully, it’ll stop this discriminatory policy violating Constitution of Uzbekistan and any other international norms soon, and leave a human alone to do whatever and wherever is in legal frames. Travelling abroad is one of these things, no? And yes, prostitution is still a bad thing here but come on — if a woman finds it as her own way of life and earning for it — just let her do it. You better care your own business.