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Punishment for sexual exploitation of children increased in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Even the offer to hold a meeting might lead to three years of prison
13:41, 17 March 2021

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In Ukraine, the law has come into force that provides increased punishment for the sexual exploitation of children.

According to the document, even the offer to meet will be punished, including the use of information and communication systems and technologies. The offer provided to people under the age of 16 with the aim to commit some actions of sexual nature or sexual abuse against she/he will be punished. However, only in case if some actions were assumed to hold the meeting.

It provides the deprivation of freedom for up to three years or imprisonment for the same term with the deprivation of the right to occupy particular positions or hold particular activity up to three years.

If such a meeting took place – it will be punished with deprivation of liberty from two up to five years with the deprivation of the right to occupy particular positions or hold particular activity up to three years.

Related: Suspect in child molestation from Lviv region faces up to eight years in prison

If mentioned actions were committed again or in collusion by a group of people or against underage; it is planned to provide the punishment in the form of the deprivation of liberty from three up to six years with the deprivation of the right to occupy particular positions or hold particular activity up to three years.

The law also provides the punishment for access to child pornography, its purchase, storage, import, transportation or other replacement, production, sale and spread.

As we reported, on March 11, in the Kherson region, seven-year-old Mariya Borysova was found dead after she was missing five days. The police established that the death of a child was violent. It is noted that during the visible inspection, visible bodily injuries were detected.

It was also reported that the suspect has earlier committed a similar crime in Shchastlyve village. It was specified that a man raped a boy many years ago.

Related: Ukrainian Parliament creates temporary committee for investigation of violations of children's rights

In the Ivano-Frankivsk region, a 65-year-old man raped an 11-year-old girl for eight months; as a result, she got pregnant and has a child.

On February 26, the law enforcers detained a man who is suspected of the rape of a nine-year-old girl and the sale of child pornography on DarkNet.

On June 13, 2019, 11-year-old Daria Lukyanenko went to a dance club and did not return. Later in the village Ivanivka, Odesa region, on the territory of one of the households, law enforcement officers found the girl's body in a cesspool. Then details of the child's death appeared: the girl was first strangled, then stripped and thrown into a cesspool. Criminal proceedings on Dasha's murder were opened under four articles at once.

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