Sexual exploitation scandal in Uzbekistan

Reported by Eurasianet

10 April 2023

Uzbekistan has been shaken by a horrific tale of sexual slavery in an Urgench orphanage. The perpetrators were local officials who had gone largely unpunished until the president’s daughter, Saida Mirziyoyeva, demanded justice. Does it really require an intervention from the top for Uzbekistan to address such a tragedy? Still, this is a big change: Mirziyoyeva has become one of the country’s most influential officials, and she is championing laws to address gender-based violence.

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