Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, was once little more than a pit stop on the great Silk Road. Outside this city, in the rural hinterlands, Kyrgyz traditions stigmatize prostitution but uphold other abuses. Bride Kidnapping, the practice that involves a suitor actually abducting his would-be bride, kicking and screaming, and whisking her away to a location where she is forced to marry him, is a Kyrgyz tradition. In Bishkek, prostituted women are trafficked outside of nightclubs and hotels, not unlike any other capital city. While Eurasia. Surprisingly, many of those thousands of women are servicing an unlikely clientele.
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Author: Olga Ochneva, Kyrgyzstan. For almost a year and a half, law enforcement agencies have been persecuting sex workers in Kyrgyzstan. During this period, the number of sex workers receiving HIV prevention services in some regions of the country reduced twice. Shah-Aiym documents such cases with the support of Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan and street lawyers of public associations all over Kyrgyzstan within the framework of the Global Fund via Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan.
Every day, a steady stream of women cross the border from Uzbekistan to Kyrgystan. Demure and well-covered, few would guess that they are prostitutes in search of better conditions. They look like very religious girls," said rights activist Azimjan Askarov who has witnessed the traffic many times. They wear tight jeans and sweaters, their working clothes. The rise of prostitution in Uzbekistan has coincided with a severe economic crisis.
Police in Kyrgyzstan say they are powerless to stop the growth of a lucrative local online sex chatroom industry that has got moralizing vigilante groups hot under the collar. Speaking at a recent roundtable in Bishkek, police representative Azamat Dzhanaliyev said there is no criminal legislation under which the female performers can be punished. And targeting the studios responsible for the webcam networks is next to impossible too, he said.