June 2, 2023

The draft Law “On combating human trafficking” was discussed by the Mazhilis

Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Sadenov during the presentation of the draft Law “On combating human trafficking in the Republic of Kazakhstan” in the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan stressed that the law will allow identifying potential victims not only by the police, but also by other government agencies.

“The draft law consists of 6 chapters and 22 articles. It contains: a new conceptual apparatus that was not previously established at the legislative level and for the first time includes such concepts as “victim of human trafficking”, “potential victim of human trafficking”, “vulnerable position”, “subjects of combating human trafficking”. The concept of “human trafficking” is being brought into line with the UN Palermo Protocol,” Yerzhan Sadenov said.

According to him, the adoption of a special law will create a basic basis for regulating the entire system of combating human trafficking; it will determine the circle and role of the subjects of counteraction, as well as the mechanism of interaction between them.

In addition, the adoption of the law will reduce the latency of human trafficking through such new mechanisms as the risk assessment of human trafficking, which will identify shortcomings, new threats and respond to them in a timely manner, as well as the procedure for redirecting victims, which will identify potential victims not only by the police, but also by other government agencies.

“Also, the adoption of the new law will allow the victim to better understand their rights and measures of protection by the state. Guarantees of protection of the rights and interests of victims will encourage them to contact the police and help bring cases to court,” Yerzhan Sadenov concluded.