Long before the 2022 war, Ukraine has been a trafficking hub, especially for women & children. I’ve personally been operating in Ukraine for approximately 11 years on child kidnapping & trafficking cases. No one, including charities or government organisations, before the 2022 war wanted to know about it. Very rarely would MSM report on the problem for so many victims.
If you have ever worked in Ukraine, you’ll know how poor most of society was pre war, let alone now September 2022. C
hild trafficking has thrived under the radar in East Europe for decades. Countries like Ukraine & Romania have been & are still epicentres for traffickers to prey on poverty & peoples financial situations.
So, it’s frustrating to see only now MSM use their agendas against Russia by stating child trafficking is like some new problem, because of the war. It’s wrong & not true.
It’s also frustrating that only now when billions of dollars are flying around, that so called large trafficking charities jump on the bandwagon, cross in & out of Ukraine for 5 minutes to take some action pictures, create stories & videos of fake rescues just to receive donations.
Spend half a day on the ground & actually speak to Ukraine people & you’ll get a very clear & accurate response, that no one is helping them. Children & women are in extreme poverty, creating an even bigger problem to the already high volumes of child trafficking.
Ukraine authorities have done very little over the years to stop trafficking. Those cases they actually do get involved with are a drop in the ocean. So, it’s not strange that Ukraine is the epicentre for child trafficking of new born babies.
Ukrainian police fear that despite the arrests, there are many cases of babies being trafficked that are going undetected.
A criminal organization trafficking newborn children has been uncovered by Ukrainian police in Kiev, national police chief Ihor Klimenko reported 2021. According to Klimenko, the newborns were sold to foreigners at a specialist clinic in Kiev for about $70,000.
The organizer of the trafficking ring was the head of the clinic, whose clients were foreigners. The illegal transactions were carried out by foreign men marrying Ukrainian women in a fictitious manner and then accepting a surrogate mother. Ukrainian women in turn abandoned the newborn child, and the “fathers” took the newborns abroad with them to an East Asian country. The police chief did not say to which country the children had been taken.
Investigators, according to Klimenko, documented the cases two years back. Authorities prevented the export of three newborns from the country and handed them over to the child protection service.
“At least 13 children, on the other hand, have already been sold and exported from Ukraine,” the police chief added. “I am convinced that this is not the last such criminal organization, because the Ukrainian legislation is too permissive on this issue. The line between surrogacy and child trafficking is very thin,” Klimenko pointed out. He stressed that lawmakers need to take action to curb this.
“Without stricter legal regulation of the issue, we can not completely prevent the sale of Ukrainian children abroad,” Klimenko said. In Ukraine, as the chief of police has pointed out, similar cases occur quite often.
UNIAN news agency recalled that at the end of April the authorities uncovered an organization that sold newborns to foreigners using the same method, i.e. fictitious marriage and use of a surrogate mother. The group was also operating out of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.