In the Lviv oblast a gang of modern “slave-owners” was uncovered. The police say that such crimes are rare in the region however specialists in the area say that labour bondage is becoming widespread in Ukraine.
In the twenty years since Independence, some110 thousand Ukrainians have become victims of human trafficking and present economic difficulties are exacerbating the situation. Ukrainian men more and more often end up in labour bondage in Russia, women – in sexual bondage in Turkey.
According to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2011 released on Monday, the Ukrainian Government is not taking effective enough measures to fight human trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced labour
The International Women’s Human Rights Centre La Strada – Ukraine has issued a statement expressing concern and outrage over the total destruction of the system for implementing State policy on combating human trafficking
Ukraine has no law on fighting human trafficking, and the State programme aimed at countering the crime ended last year with no new one in sight
Comprehensive legislation is needed to help prevent human trafficking, protect the rights of the victims and support prosecution of these crimes
Human trafficking within Ukraine is gaining momentum with the number of cases rising all the time. Victims are most often people from rural areas
The number of Ukrainian women brought into Israel over the last 10 years was so large that dozens still need legal aid in Israel
According to the Head of the State Department for overseeing observance of labour legislation, “Eight percent of employees are effectively working as slaves at the present time”
If the plan is carried out, a single register will be kept by departments of the Ministry for the Family, Youth and Sport in regional (oblast) and Kyiv and Sevastopol city administrations
The firm offered 17 sailors work as fishermen in Europe however the men ended up in a fishing trawler near Africa where for several months they worked without pay and in inhuman conditions
Human rights specialists believe that the problems of slave labour, as well as labour and sexual exploitation of minors will become particularly acute this summer due to the economic crisis.
According to estimates, the number of victims of labour exploitation in Ukraine has fallen in recent times. However a major obstacle to preventing the problem is insufficient international cooperation in this field
Ukrainian women who were forced into prostitution in Israel more often than not dont receive the compensation theyre owed in spite of court rulings
The project which is aimed at fighting human trafficking through social work and mobilization of communities will be run in the Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Donetsk regions, as well as in the Crimea
Taking advantage of their difficult material situation, the woman is alleged to have had them sent to Moscow and Poland where they were “sold” to be forced into begging.
An IOM study focusing on Ukraine and Belarus found that a combination of abuse or threat of abuse, non-payments, debts and restricted freedom of movement kept many men in situations of exploitation.
Charges under Article 149 § 3 of the Criminal Code (human trafficking) have been laid against two women believed to have “sold” residents of the Crimea and Sevastopol
The SBU established that she had “sold” a young woman in difficult financial circumstances into sex bondage in Turkey for 2,400 US dollars
Officers of an anti-trafficking unit of the Zaporizhya Regional Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs have freed people being brutally exploited on a livestock farm in the Zaporizhya area