170.000 Children and Minors Work in Tajikistan

The issue of children and minors’ labour exploitation in Tajikistan has been a major public concern for many years. Though there are no exact statistics for this area, the International Labour Organization estimates that the number of working minors reaches almost 170 thousand individuals.
The story was researched by Nazliddin Khojaev and published on March 20, 2013.
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Virginity is Big Business in Tajikistan


When establishing a family in Tajikistan, the most important thing is the bride’s virginity.
If the newlyweds are soon divorced again, the main reason is brides’ failure to be virgin. Therefore, restoring the virginity has turned into big business in the country. Scoop supported journalist Ganjina Ganjova has investigated the area.
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Tajik Authorities Turn the Blind Eye to Child Prostitution

The market for prostitution of minor girls in Tajikistan is growing. Taxi drivers, restaurant owners and also law enforcement employees all have interests in developing a market for underage prostitution.
This SCOOP supported investigation, completed by Gulafshon Soqieva, documents how the business works. It is difficult to estimate the size of the market. Tajik authorities keep ... Read More »

Children Work in Illegal Iron Business in Tajikistan


During the Soviet times Tajik children as pioneers collected iron fragments to protect the environment and the country’s economic development. Today, some Tajik children are still collecting metals, but under very different circumstances.
The SCOOP supported investigation by Sitorabonui Sohibnazar shows that smaller companies, mostly from China, use young children to steal the iron and afterwards ... Read More »

The harsh realities of adoption in Tajikistan


Neglected orphan children need help and support. We recommend that the the child adoption procedure is simplified and to create good opportunities for those who would like to adopt these children. This is the message from the president of Tajikistan. The reality is often very different.
That is the conclusion of the SCOOP supported investigation completed by ... Read More »

Buy a Driving License for $500

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Almost every day someone dies in a car accident on the roads of Tajikistan. One of the main reasons is the increasing number of “untrained drivers”, meaning people who never attended a driving school or passed the tests in driving or in traffic theory. They just bought their driving license without any proof, that they can drive ... Read More »

Businessmen in white coats


It is not easy – or cheap – to be sick in Tajikistan. Goverment institutions have provided doctors with clear rules on how to handle the prescription of medicine, but these rules are not always obeyed by the doctors. SCOOP-supported journalist Jaloliddin Ahmadov investigated the subject in June 2012. The investigation shows, that the cooperation between pharmaceutical ... Read More »

Divorce Tajik-Style


Every year, many men from Tajikistan go to Russia to find work. Often they also find a new love. A text message to the wife at home with the words “talaq, talaq, talaq” is enough to initiate the divorce procedure.  Some experts have claimed that, unless this practice of quick divorces is stopped, then Tajikistan ... Read More »


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