Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

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Police arrested 13 members of ethnic interregional organized criminal group which was engaged in labour exploitation of people.

“13 members of criminal group are detained. During the searches, seized weapons, vehicles, among them Mercedes and BMW and a million hryvnias cash,” – said the Chairman of Ukraine Sergey Knyazev.

According to him, the couple is a citizen of Georgia and a citizen of Ukraine was organized in Odessa region the agricultural enterprises, which for several years were forced to work for free about a hundred people.

“They tricked lured to the work of the ad hoc recruiters. Pseudoregular were carried out mainly on the Railways. Were looking for vulnerable people, promised a job, a stable salary 450-500 USD per day, accommodation and meals,” he told police.

Law enforcement officers found that the geography of search of the victims – 22 of the oblast and city Kyiv. For each delivered “slave” recruiters got 500 UAH. In the place of the victims were taken documents and telephone numbers, were forced to work for free in the box for 13 hours and just beat the dissenters.

Knyazev added that in a special operation police detained the attackers at the moment when they were put in the van of new victims. Two victims were taken to a hospital in Odessa, the rest are in Kiev, are physical.

“Now, 13 members of criminal group detained in order St. 208 criminal procedure code of Ukraine. Investigators initiated criminal proceedings under article 149 (human trafficking or other illegal agreement concerning transfer of the person) the criminal code of Ukraine. Investigative actions proceed”, – noted in press service.

Knyazev added that the operation to expose OPG lasted 4 months.

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