In March 2014, one woman was convicted in absentia for sex trafficking and sentenced to life imprisonment for trafficking and ordering the murder of her trafficking victim.
The government prosecuted and convicted two defendants under Article 143(2) for sex trafficking of a minor during the reporting period.
Georgia is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically the forced prostitution of women and the forced labor of men, women, and children.
Women and girls from Georgia are subjected to sex trafficking within the country, as well as in Turkey, and, to a lesser extent, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.
Georgia prohibits all forms of trafficking in persons through the Law on Combating Trafficking in Persons and Article 143 of its criminal code, which prescribes penalties ranging from seven to 20 years’ imprisonment.
These penalties are sufficiently stringent and are commensurate with those prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape.
Investigations were approximately the equivalent to the previous reporting period, with 11 investigations—seven for sex trafficking, three for labor trafficking, and one still to be determined; seven were conducted in the prior reporting period.
No victims of forced labor were identified within Georgia.Without the participation of victim assistance service providers, some of the police raids on brothels involved police lacking human trafficking training and without proper screening of victims.Experts observed some gaps during part of the reporting period in the government’s interagency efforts to coordinate counter trafficking actions.Women from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and other countries are subjected to forced prostitution in Georgia’s commercial sex trade in the tourist areas of Batumi and Gonio in Adjara province.In May 2013, an Uzbek sex trafficking victim was murdered in western Georgia by a man believed to be acting on behalf of her trafficker.