Sergei KARNAUKHOV, “FACTS” (Lviv)
Ternopil law enforcement authorities exposed a criminal group which was engaged in recruitment of people with disabilities for begging. (Previously, under the city from labor slavery freed 7 people.)
— Criminal business that is built on begging has organized four residents of the city Beregovo Transcarpathian region, — said the head of the Department for combating crimes connected with human trafficking, the Department of the National police in the Ternopil region Alexandr Bunyak. — The attackers were looking for individuals with pronounced physical disabilities and using their difficult financial situation, recruiting people with disabilities, transported, provided them with housing and food. At the same time people actively used for begging in Ternopil and other cities of Ukraine…
According to preliminary data, in the “businessmen” employed 13 people. All their income, people with disabilities were given to the organizers, it got a roof over my head — leased private old house in Ternopil, and food. According to the calculations of investigators, the income of the attackers was considerable — from three to six thousand hryvnia per day.
In respect of dealers openly criminal proceedings under article “the Recruitment, movement of people committed with the purpose of exploitation”. They are threatened by punishment in the form of deprivation of liberty for a term up to 12 years with confiscation of property. The investigation is underway, the issue of the detention of organized criminal group.
Earlier, the “FACTS” reported that near Odessa discovered agricultural enterprise, which used slave labor. The people there were beaten and starved. But in General, according to estimates by international human rights organizations, Ukraine has more than 200 thousand people living in conditions of modern slavery.