Location : Zhytomyr
Creation : 2002
Local issues : In a context of economic difficulties characterized by high inflation and low wages, the perspective of employment abroad appears particularly appealing for Ukrainians, especially youngsters. The networks of human traffickers recruit their victims without difficulty, promising a better future in a foreign country. A study carried out in 2007 by the International Organization of Migration showed that 116 000 Ukrainians were victims of human trafficking. Millions of women are sold to the purpose of sexual exploitation in Western Europe, Turkey or Israel. Men are, increasingly, also victims of economic exploitation and are subjected to quasi-slavery, particularly in Russia or Poland.