The International Organisation for Migration, the IOM, says that hundreds of
women leave Armenia every year for the United Arab Emirates and Turkey to
work as prostitutes via well-established recruitment networks.
A new IOM report says the lack of job opportunities at home is one main
The report, which is based on interviews with Armenian women who had
recently returned from the UAE and Turkey, says that the women were either
recruited through an acquaintance or by middlemen such as foreign tour
operators or people posing as employment agents able to secure jobs abroad.
The study also said that while the Armenian criminal code addresses a number
of trafficking-related offences, there were shortcomings in both the
legislation and the way it was applied.