Fears of a rise in exploitation of minors
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.
Migration specialists have noted a certain reduction recently in the number of Ukrainian nationals who become victims of human trafficking abroad. They link this with tightened visa requirements in EU countries.
At the same time there has been a noticeable increase within the country of human trafficking, labour exploitation and a new boom in street prostitution. According to Olha Shved, a representative of ECPAT International [[which works against all forms of sexual exploitation of children and child pornography], over recent weeks the Ministry of Internal Affairs and human rights activists have registered a renewal in the activities of old areas where prostitutes seek customers.
Summer is a dangerous time
Ms Schved also adds that during the summer the Black Sea coastal region of Ukraine may become a centre for exploitation of minors, including those coming from neighbouring Belarus, Moldova, and Russia. Children are brought here for various forms of exploitation, including sexual. She says that this negative process is already noticeable in Ukraine.
Specialists are convinced that in order to improve the situation, the State needs to ensure better financial support for child and youth issues, for example, by providing summer camps etc to keep young people away from danger on the streets.