Since gaining independence in 1991, over 200 thousand Ukrainians became victims of human trafficking. This, referring to the estimates of international experts, said Deputy Minister of Social Policy Natalia Fedorovych, Ukrinform reports.
"Over the years of independence, according to international experts, over 200 thousand citizens of Ukraine have become victims of human trafficking," she said.
According to Fedorovych, social security structures have identified and helped less than a thousand people.
The deputy minister assures that labor exploitation is the most popular form of trafficking.
28 percent of the human trafficking victims in the world are minors, DW reports with reference to the UN Children's Fund.
According to the Executive Director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, children who left their homes and were deprived of the protection of the adults are the most vulnerable.
According to the fund, in Saharan African countries, the number of minors among trafficked victims reaches almost 64 percent. In Central America and the Caribbean, this figure amounts to 62 percent.
In this regard, UNICEF calls on governments around the world to strengthen measures to protect the under-aged.