"Over first six months of 2018, Ukrainian police detected 186 human trafficking cases, including 108 sexual exploitation cases. At present, 156 people are identified as victims of these crimes: 91 women, 49 men, 9 minors and 7 infants," Artem Kryshchenko, the head of the Ukraine’s National Police department for combating trafficking in human beings, announced.
According to him, 144 human trafficking cases, including 94 sexual exploitation cases were recorded over the same period last year.
"The number of detected crimes in this category, particularly the sexual exploitation cases, increases annually. However, it does not indicate the growth of crimes in this area. It testifies to the fact that we have learned to promptly detect such offenses," Kryshchenko said.
He recalled that, according to the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report of the U.S. Department of State, Ukraine was excluded from the Watch List and entered Tier 2 - the countries whose governments do not fully meet the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.