Employees of Department of fight against crimes tied with human trafficking along with Chief investigating department of the National Police of Ukraine under the procedural direction of the Prosecutor General’s Office blocked the transnational channel Ukrainians trafficking by and their further exploitation as the National Police reported.
On the pretext of the participation in the transport of refugees, the perpetrators illegally transferred migrants from Turkey to Greece and Italy and from Greece to Italy by sea. The police officers detained the active participants of the criminal grouping. The involvement of 12 citizens of Zaporizhia in the recruitment was documented. Eight of them served sentenced abroad.
The perpetrators involved the recruited citizens in the criminal activity out of our state. Particularly, the issue is about illicit transfer of migrants from Turkey to Greece and Italy and from Greece to Italy by sea.
It is established that during the transfer of illegal migrants, the perpetrators used sailboats and pleasure boats. The recruited Ukrainians were used as the crew.
In the result of the operative actions, the police established that a 35-year-old citizen of Zaporizhia was the active partaker of the criminal group with the signs of the organization, which provided the functioning of this channel.
According to the police, the suspect has sustainable linkages with foreign people who transferred illegal migrants. He recruited Ukrainian citizens for them. Moreover, he was responsible for the recruitment and transfer of recruited members of the crew to Turkey. In particular cases, he accompanied recruited people to Turkey, instructed and controlled them abroad.
Moreover, earlier man personally participated in the transfer of illegal migrants and he is familiar with the specificity of this illegal activity.
Police officers found out that the detainee attracted contacts of his familiars for search of future victims.
As we reported, women and girls make around 72% of human trafficking victims. Mostly, it is about sexual exploitation.