Ukraine is lagging behind in terms of the standards of fighting the cases of human trafficking; this is mentioned in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report released by the U.S. Department of the State.
"The Government of Ukraine does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so", reads the section dedicated to Ukraine.
The report's authors agreed that the Ukrainian authorities "demonstrated increasing efforts by amending its antitrafficking law, significantly increasing funds available for the implementation of the national action plan, investigating more cases of forced labor, certifying more victims, and increasing training for officials". On the other hand, it claimed that the government did not measure up in the major areas vital for this issue. "Lax sentencing, likely aggravated by corruption, meant the majority of convicted traffickers avoided imprisonment, which was inadequate to deter trafficking. The moratorium on labor inspections hampered law enforcement investigations on labor trafficking cases. International organizations continued to identify far more victims than the government, indicating inadequate identification efforts by the government and a continuing lack of trust in the government’s ability to protect victims", the report says.
The U.S. Department of the State recommends several steps: to punish the convicted traffickers with proportionate and dissuasive prison sentences; clearly define administrative chains of responsibility and competencies of service providers throughout the decentralization process to minimize disruption in the processes of identification, referral, and assistance to trafficking victims; vigorously investigate and prosecute trafficking offenses, including public officials complicit in trafficking crimes, and other measures.