In Georgia, a country of 4.6 million people located on the Black Sea in southwest Asia, the government has acknowledged that domestic violence is a widespread problem and is taking measures to improve the situation.  The first Georgian law on domestic violence came into effect in 2006. However, many women who are victims of domestic violence remain reluctant to report the crime due to the social stigma attached to such a report.  A 2006-2008 activity plan to combat domestic violence includes a public campaign to increase awareness of the issue, a strengthened legal base for prosecution of domestic violence cases, increased support for victims, and a database on domestic violence cases.     

Although rape is prohibited, many instances of rape are unreported because of the social stigma for victims, and generally, in Georgia criminal cases of rape can only be initiated following an official complaint by the victim. Sexual harassment in the workplace also continues to be a problem.

Georgia is a transit country for traffickers, and is progressing in combating human trafficking.  Women trafficked through Georgia often end up in Turkey, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, North America, and Western Europe to work in hotels, bars, restaurants, or as domestic help.  Law enforcement officers in Georgia must complete a mandatory training and information session on trafficking. 

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