Ukraine in 2017 was withdrawn from a group of countries in which human trafficking flourishes. This was stated by the press centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 112.ua correspondent reports.
It is noted that for four years in a row Ukraine was on the list of countries that do not meet the minimum standards of counteracting human trafficking. During the year, Ukraine significantly improved the results of counteracting modern slavery and went out from the risk group.
Last year, 29 criminal groups engaged in human trafficking were liquidated.
In 2017, the number of registered criminal cases in the sphere of human trafficking has grown to 346 cases against 115 cases in 2016. In the same year, 51 of such crimes were revealed and 44 victims were rendered assistance.
As it was reported earlier, Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service disclosed 25 trafficking channels in 2017.
'About 600 people were detained over that period. We conducted joint operations with Polish and Lithuanian counterparts to bust these channels,' Petro Tsygykal, the head of the Service said.
According to the official, most frequently, the crimes are related to labor and sexual slavery of Ukrainians abroad.