Uzbek national extradited from Thailand convicted of human trafficking

RIA Novosti

TASHKENT, June 10(RAPSI) - Khursand Akhadova, a citizen of Uzbekistan, has been extradited from Thailand and sentenced to 14.6 years in prison for human trafficking, several Uzbek media sources report on Monday.

According to the reports, Akhadova has been selling people into sex slavery for some years. She was put on the Interpol wanted list in 2003.

The criminal group she allegedly led created a human trafficking network in Sharjah and Dubai (UAE), and then moved onto Thailand.

She reportedly had four fake passports in her name, respectively identifying her as a citizen of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. "The property acquired with her criminal income, as well as 1.2 billion Uzbek som ($575,000) have been confiscated by the state," the reports said.

The reports do not cite the dates of her extradition or trial. Uzbekistan has reaffirmed its commitment to fighting the global problem of human trafficking.

Over 2,000 people have been illegally transported out of the country over the past three years, official statistics maintain. During this period, the police have received more than 100 statements from traffickers' victims, and over 700 criminal cases have been initiated against traffickers.