The forced transfer of Ukrainian citizens to Russian territory is an attempt to obtain a gratuitous human resource for forced slave labor and other forms of human trafficking.
About this in Facebook Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets informed on the results of the online event “Important Conversation: Human Trafficking, Modern Threats, Challenges, Solutions”, Ukrinform reports.
“During the large-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine, our citizens are being forcibly removed from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to the territory of Russia and the territories temporarily occupied by it. The forced transfer of Ukrainian citizens to the territory of Russia is an attempt in this way to obtain a gratuitous human resource for forced slave labor and other forms of human trafficking,” the Ukrainian Ombudsman informed.
According to him, the war in Ukraine has opened up new opportunities for traffickers to find potential victims, since the hostilities have become an ideal cover for the development of their criminal business. Lubinets specified that our fellow citizens, by negligence, could become victims of exploitation in European countries as well.
“Despite the increase in the risks of falling into a situation of human trafficking, there is now a downward trend in the detection of cases of human trafficking,” said the head of the Ombudsman’s Office.
The Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights also emphasized the need to strengthen the responsibility for committing such a crime as human trafficking, and also recommended that the national coordinator in the field of combating human trafficking and the subjects of interaction intensify joint efforts aimed at identifying such cases and providing assistance to victims. under martial law.
The event was organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs within the framework of the project “Support to Government Reforms in Ukraine”.
The event was also attended by Deputy Interior Minister Kateryna Pavlichenko, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Marina Bardina, representatives of central executive authorities, international organizations that care about protecting the rights of victims of human trafficking and the media community.
As reported, as of July 30, the National Police recorded 77 facts of human trafficking this year.