EU warns of trafficking threat to children fleeing Ukraine | Inquirer News

EU warns of trafficking threat to children fleeing Ukraine

/ 01:17 PM March 09, 2022
Children trafficking

Children play with hoops in a class room in a school in Perekhrestya, close to the Ukrainian-Hungarian border on March 7, 2022, a refuge for 93 orphaned children evacuated from the Artek children’s camp near Kyiv a few days ago due to the Russian invasion. -AFP

STRASBORG, France — A top EU official warned Tuesday the bloc needs to ensure unaccompanied children fleeing the war in Ukraine do not fall victim to people traffickers.

“We need to be aware that there are people, criminals, that could try to use this situation,” EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

ADVERTISEMENT

“There’s a huge risk of unaccompanied children being victims of trafficking.”

The United Nations said Tuesday that two million people have now fled Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion less than two weeks ago.

FEATURED STORIES

The EU has for the first time triggered its protection mechanism granting the refugees crossing over its border the right to stay and work in the bloc.

The vast majority of those arriving are women and children as men are called up for military service.

“We need to do more to protect the children,” Johansson said.

On Sunday, Slovak police said an 11-year-old Ukrainian boy crossed the border into EU member Slovakia with just a plastic bag, a passport and a telephone number written on his hand.

RELATED STORIES

More than two million flee Ukraine in 12 days—UN

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Latest developments

ADVERTISEMENT

Channeling Churchill, Ukraine leader vows: ‘We will fight to the end’

Ukraine’s First Lady condemns Kremlin’s ‘mass murder’

Russian families fall out over clashing views of war in Ukraine

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Conflict, EU, Human trafficking, Russia, Ukraine
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.