Human Traffickers Paradise?

When the “Vlad the Invader’ sent his troops into Ukraine and the current conflict began and the inevitable flow of refugees into the surrounding countries began…I wrote in a post…

Another fear is that since most if not all these refugees are women and children will they be open to exploitation like so many other refugee women…..there will be predators hovering around the refugees looking for a way to pounce…..

Here is the post that I grab my quote…..

Refugees Begin Their Ordeal

My early prediction is starting to come reality…..this article was posted in the France24 website…..

One man was detained in Poland suspected of raping a 19-year-old refugee he’d lured with offers of shelter after she fled war-torn Ukraine. Another was overheard promising work and a room to a 16-year-old girl before authorities intervened.

Another case inside a refugee camp at Poland’s Medyka border, raised suspicions when a man was offering help only to women and children. When questioned by police, he changed his story.

As millions of women and children flee across Ukraine’s borders in the face of Russian aggression, concerns are growing over how to protect the most vulnerable refugees from being targeted by human traffickers or becoming victims of other forms of exploitation.

“Obviously all the refugees are women and children,” said Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, the UNHCR’s head of global communications, who has visited borders in Romania, Poland and Moldova.

“You have to worry about any potential risks for trafficking — but also exploitation, and sexual exploitation and abuse. These are the kinds of situations that people like traffickers … look to take advantage of,” she said.

The U.N. refugee agency says more than 2.5 million people, including more than a million children, have already fled war-torn Ukraine in what has become an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Europe and its fastest exodus since World War II.

In countries throughout Europe, including the border nations of Romania, Poland, Hungary, Moldova and Slovakia, private citizens and volunteers have been greeting and offering help to those whose lives have been shattered by war. From free shelter to free transport to work opportunities and other forms of assistance — help isn’t far away.

But neither are the risks.

The countries that are taking in these refugees need to be extra vigilant to see that these parasites do not take advantage of these poor people…..for as the conflict drags on and on……some circumstances will become dire for some and that is the perfect medium for traffickers to strike.

Make the protection of these women and girls a major priority.

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2 thoughts on “Human Traffickers Paradise?

  1. Anyone offering accommodation to regugees in Britain has to submit to a police background check before the arrival of their guests. That may not be 100% effective of course, but safer than getting into a car at the Polish border with a complete stranger.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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