One of the readers messaged Ozodlik to tell about the ways of how people are being forced to pick cotton in Uzbekistan:
“According to Ozodlik, alimony payers in Uzbekistan are being forced to pick cotton. Uzbek bailiffs are indeed forcing alimony payers to participate in the cotton harvest by saying that the ‘prosecutor’s office’ gave such command.
As it can be observed, the Uzbek government is using several ways of forcing people to pick cotton. As was reported earlier, some mothers are threatened to be cut off from state-given social benefits for their kids if they refuse to pick cotton.”