Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuri Pavlenko presented a report to a session of the Interagency Coordinating Committee to Fight Human Trafficking, in which he generalized Ukrainian law enforcement bodies' activities to root out this social evil.

According to the report, during the last seven months over 260 crimes concerning human trafficking were established, which resulted in institution of legal proceedings against the criminals; 28 criminal rings were tracked down and liquidated; illegal transportation of over 2,000 children from Ukraine without their parents' consent was prevented; over 300 persons, illegally kept abroad, were brought back to Ukraine, he Cabinet's press service reported.

Pavlenko told the participants that such steps were taken within the framework of the Comprehensive Program to Fight Human Trafficking and they gave a fruit.

Yuri Pavlenko stated educational-enlightenment work as having been stepped up of late.

In particular, relevant instructions, notes, reference booklets are being disseminated among the younger generation, meant for alerting them to risks and perils involved in recruitment of personnel by shady agencies for working abroad.

The Government has launched a special hot telephone line service to advise those about to travel abroad.

The line's institution has been supported by OSCE. The line employs consultants from the La Strada Ukraine international human rights centre. Calls to them can be made from Kyiv and six regional centres.

To Pavlenko's opinion, it is very important to create and offer lucrative economic alternatives to employment abroad, specifically recruitment of illegal labourer-migrants.

To this end relevant bodies of executive power have launched refresher and training courses for young adults.

According to Yuri Pavlenko, in 2005's first half over one million young females approached the State Employment Service and 284,000 women were given jobs.

Work continues to create new jobs, in particular, through offering relevant subventions to employers.

In this way 6,700 women were employed, basically with kids under six or disabled kids.

According to Yuri Pavlenko, within the framework of the Comprehensive Program great attention is being paid to matters of societal reintegration.

In particular, a network of reintegration and rehabilitation centres has been created.

These centres organise professional training and also render practical aid in getting employment and dwelling.

Pavlenko stressed the importance of the step done by Ukrainian parliament that is to ratify the UN Convention on fighting international organised crime and its Supplementary Protocols.

The session also considered the Concept of the National Target-Specific Program to counter trade in humans in 2006 - 2010.

The participants also discussed a plan to set up the National Coordinator Bureau for combating human trafficking.

Ombudsman Nina Karpacheva also took part in the session.


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