IOM Warns of Increased Risk of Trafficking in Persons for People Fleeing Ukraine

IOM Statement

Geneva – The Intercontinental Corporation for Migration (IOM) is apprehensive about the possibility of trafficking in persons as perfectly as sexual exploitation and abuse in Ukraine and the region as the number of susceptible men and women fleeing the war continues to rise.

About 3 million people today have fled Ukraine, together with 162,000 3rd-region nationals (TCNs). The deteriorating humanitarian predicament and ensuing big-scale and advanced movements correlate with an raise in risk to individual protection, putting folks on the transfer at heightened chance of exploitation. When conditions of human trafficking are considerably less possible to be discovered in the instant aftermath of mass displacement, initial reports from in and outside the house of Ukraine indicate the potential for traffickers to exploit the vulnerabilities of those people fleeing the war.

Circumstances of sexual violence have already been claimed and amid the people today promising onward transportation or providers, there have been indications of prospective exploitation. People today and neighborhood associates giving transportation and lodging support really should do so in coordination with community security businesses and need to aid registration and share call specifics, transportation routes, and accommodation places to enable suitable oversight and safeguarding.
“IOM studies present that individuals fleeing Ukraine are predominately from solitary-headed homes like girls, small children and more mature individuals – some of whom are unaccompanied and divided – and 3rd-nation nationals,” says IOM Director Basic António Vitorino.

“These teams can be in particular susceptible to the threat of trafficking as they depart their properties unexpectedly and may well have their usual family networks and economic safety seriously disrupted.”

In 2021, IOM in Ukraine determined and assisted about 1,000 victims of trafficking. In reaction to the war in Ukraine, the Business has scaled up its initiatives to create assets and interventions to avert trafficking in persons each in Ukraine and among the these on the shift throughout the location. 

IOM is collaborating with border companies and governing administration associates to put into action trafficking avoidance mechanisms such as dissemination and inclusion of security messaging, supplying confirmed and safe and sound information and increasing recognition to empower refugees and third-nation nationals to make educated decisions and be aware of hazards. 

The Corporation has also reinforced regional hotlines to equip individuals on the shift with important safety and useful resource data. IOM in Ukraine, Romania and the Republic of Moldova have made on-line materials associated to risk-free migration and counter-trafficking, which join people fleeing Ukraine with crucial lodging, transportation, and trafficking reporting methods. 

IOM encourages States to acquire arrivals from Ukraine in a non-discriminatory, gender-delicate, and culturally sensitive way, devoid of bias based on nationality, ethnicity, or status of documentation.

Intercontinental humanitarian and human rights legislation will have to be upheld. 

We worry the have to have for a collective reaction in terms of capacity constructing, correctly accumulating proof, supplying specialized guidance, and earlier mentioned all, direct support to all victims and people vulnerable to violence, exploitation, and abuse.

IOM also strongly endorses that third-state nationals are granted security and have entry facilitated to their respective consular authorities. The Organization is ready to support endeavours to be certain the security and security of all those fleeing the war.


For much more info, remember to make contact with: 

IOM Geneva: Safa Msehli, E mail: [email protected], Tel: +4179 403 5526, or Paul Dillon, Electronic mail: [email protected], Tel: +41796369874