U.S. places Russia on human trafficking list

20 July, 06:10 PM
The US has submitted a report on human trafficking that includes Russia (Photo:Louis Velazquez/Unsplash)

The US has submitted a report on human trafficking that includes Russia (Photo:Louis Velazquez/Unsplash)

The United States has designated Russia as one of the countries engaged in a "policy or pattern" of human trafficking, the Reuters news agency reported on July 19.

For the first time, a corresponding State Department report included a section on state-sponsored human trafficking. The report mentions Russia in connection with its forced deportation of Ukrainians and “filtration” camps.

“Millions of Ukrainians were forced to abandon their homes, some had the flee the country altogether, carrying all they could,” said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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“This makes them extremely vulnerable to exploitation.”

The list also includes Afghanistan, Myanmar, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and five other countries.

Russia was also included in the list of 12 countries that use or recruit child soldiers.

The document details the scope of human trafficking in each country on the list, along with their efforts to combat the activity.

Notably, the report says that Russian proxies in Donbas have been using children to guard checkpoints and other military objects.

Russian efforts to deport Ukrainians en masse and force them through so-called “filtration” camps are also outlined in the document.

Moscow has already deported 2 million Ukrainians, including several hundred thousand children, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on July 13.

Russia is additionally working on easing citizenship requirements, to facilitate Russian abduction and “adoption” of Ukrainian children.

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