Nearly 230,000 Ukrainian Victims of Human Trafficking
Since independence, a substantial number of Ukrainians have become victims of some type of human trafficking
Human trafficking remains a problem in Ukraine.
“Since 1991, nearly 230,000 Ukrainians have become human trafficking victims. In particular, unfortunately, a study of the International Organization for Migration gave us an estimate that 70,000 Ukrainians suffered from human trafficking in 2015-2017,” Acting Head of Mission at International Organization for Migration Ukraine Anh Nguyen said during a briefing at Ukrinform news agency.
Deputy Social Policy Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Nizhynsky said that the number of requests for assistance from people who have been or are being trafficked has increased in Ukraine.
“The Ministry of Social Policy has increased the identification of these people. In particular, in 2018, 221 citizens asked for help, up 11.6% compared to 2017 when 198 requests for help were filed. And compared to 2016, the number of requests filed to the Social Policy Ministry doubled,” Nizhynsky said.
The Ministry of Social Policy granted 867 Ukrainian citizens the status of victims of trafficking in human beings so far in 2019.
Specifically, 454 persons became victims of labor exploitation, 221 persons of sexual exploitation, 57 persons were forced into beggary, 9 persons suffered from mixed exploitation, 10 from organ removal and other categories of exploitation.
“Speaking about the countries where Ukrainian citizens suffer from this type of crime most, the Russian Federation is ranked first and followed by Poland, Turkey, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and China,” the deputy minister stated.