Europol investigates human trafficking under the guise of helping refugees from Ukraine

Europol investigates human trafficking under the guise of helping refugees from Ukraine

Europol investigates human trafficking under the guise of helping refugees from Ukraine

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The European Union Police Service (Europol) uncovered 9 suspects who promised to help Ukrainian refugees and could be involved in human trafficking, Europol writes.

On June 23, Europol organized a hackathon to monitor various online platforms to uncover criminal networks that are trying to recruit Ukrainian refugees. It was attended by 14 EU countries and 93 officers.

Participants investigated posts in which people offered to help refugees with employment, accommodation and transportation. They also monitored dating sites, recruiting sites and platforms offering sexual services.

In total, investigators checked 125 online platforms, of which:

  • 42 online platforms suspected of having links with human trafficking;
  • 6 online platforms related to human trafficking.

Also, Europol identified 9 suspects of human trafficking and identified 9 possible victims. As a result of the study, 15 new investigations were launched.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga