Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Kherson resident sentenced to 6 years for human trafficking

The SBU established that she had “sold” a young woman in difficult financial circumstances into sex bondage in Turkey for 2,400 US dollars | detail

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21 Century slave owners in Zaporizhya

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 | detail

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Crimean slave owner imprisoned

The Crimean Prosecutor’s Office informs that in 2005 and 2006, a Simferopol resident forced five fellow Crimeans to work for him through violence and threats | detail

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Human trafficking ring broken in the Zhytomyr region

Officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Anti-trafficking unit for the Zhytomyr region have uncovered a setup for selling people from the region into labour bondage in Poland where they worked as beggars | detail

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Greek Catholic clergy to learn about combating human trafficking

The new handbook prepared is intended not only for students in seminaries, but should be of use to priests in outlying parishes where people do not have information about the dangers of travelling abroad for work and normally ask their priest for advice | detail

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Socially-responsible business in Ukraine becomes a reality

A Memorandum of Intent on countering human trafficking was signed on Monday between the Mission of the International Organization for Migration in Ukraine and the oil company “Galnaftogas” | detail

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Anti-trafficking unit breaks sex ring

A Sumy regional anti-trafficking unit has uncovered a set up for sending young women from Ukraine to Turkey to work as prostitutes | detail

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Modelling agency cover for human trafficking exposed in Kharkiv

Officers of the Kharkiv Anti-trafficking unit have identified a pseudo modelling agency which was recruiting young women for the United Arab Emirates, supposedly to work as models, but in fact for the sex industry | detail

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Interpol help line set up for Ukrainians abroad

One of the main priorities for this important initiative will be to help combat crimes linked with human trafficking and to help people who have become labour or sex slaves abroad | detail

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Long sentences for human trafficking crimes in the Crimea

The Simferopol District Court has sentenced two people from the Crimea to 8 years and 5 years imprisonment for taking Ukrainian women to Russia to be “sold” into sex bondage | detail

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“Don’t sell yourself!”

An excellent initiative planned by the Central Department for Youth and Family to raise awareness of human trafficking situations | detail

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The SBU break up a porn studio using children in Odessa

The accused are alleged to have coerced or deceived adolescents, aged between 12 and 17, into being filmed in pornographic material which they planned to sell on the Internet | detail

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Help lines in Ukraine for victims of human trafficking

Twenty help line operators who will give assistance to human trafficking victims and help prevent others falling into such traps are being trained by the OSCE Mission in Kyiv. | detail

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Ukraine once again in US list of countries with a high number of human trafficking victims

While acknowledging that efforts are being made to combat this crime, the US State Department’s annual report criticizes Ukraine for lack of measures to protect victims and prosecute traffickers. | detail

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Mobile telephone operators together with the IOM introduce a free information line against human trafficking

This is the first time in Ukraine that mobile operators will be joining forces with the IOM to combat human trafficking and to raise public awareness of the need to protect people’s rights when working abroad | detail

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They sell people not only abroad, but in Ukraine

It was thanks to civic organizations which pushed amendments to legislation that human trafficking is now considered to be not only those crimes connected with recruitment and transporting people abroad. The requirement that the border has to be crossed has been removed | detail

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Seven Rivne residents accused of selling 40 women into slavery

They are believed to have organized a network in western regions of Ukrainian for recruiting young women into sexual slavery | detail

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UN concerned by the scale of child prostitution in Ukraine

The UN Special Rapporteur’s report on his visit to Ukraine points out that with most Western countries now no longer requiring visas to come to Ukraine, young people are increasingly becoming the victims of sex tourists | detail

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Around one hundred thousand Ukrainians have suffered from human trafficking (updated)

IOM Ukraine Counter-trafficking Programme Coordinator, Fredric Larsson pointed out that the level of labour exploitation was four times higher than that for sexual bondage, but warned that the figures could be distorted since victims of sexual bondage are reluctant to tell people what they went through. | detail

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The Scale of Human trafficking in Ukraine

A study commissioned by the International Organization for Migration Mission in Ukraine has found that since 1991 there have been around 100 thousand victims of human trafficking in Ukraine. It also found that trafficking for labour exploitation is particularly common | detail

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