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Operation “Butterfly” targets sex workers, hundreds arrested

The raid comes as a follow up of the government’s resolution “On State Prevention Program of HIV/AIDS Pandemic and their Social and Economic Impact on Kyrgyzstan in 2006-2010” and the order of the Head of Bishkek City Office of Internal Affairs (GUVD) of Bishkek “On Additional public security measures in Bishkek City for the period of preparation and duration of Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit”.

The activity covered cafés, bars, restaurants, casinos, night clubs, dormitories, hotels, private apartments and sauna facilities, as well as 10 outdoor spots where sex workers gather. Guards were left on the spots to prevent further gatherings.

The raid team of Criminal Investigation Department arrested a sauna administrator allegedly holding a brothel for provision of sexual services. Another person was arrested under the charges of holding a “den” for drug users.

Contact person: Gulnara Kurmanova, Tais Plus, Kyrgyzstan
E-mail: gkurmanova@yandex.ru
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