If news of bombs falling on Ukrainian cities, killing innocent men, women, and children were not enough, unfortunately, the news becomes worse. There are also those who are using these desperate circumstances to prey on the most vulnerable – women and their children.
Human traffickers approach mothers, women, girls, with sympathy and offers of jobs, placement and security. Many of these women have said goodbye to their husbands and families in Ukraine to begin the trek westward toward safety. Beth Stanton, co-founder of the Daughters of Bulgaria, is a member of the MTW Ukraine Crisis Response Team in Krakow and serves as a member of the European Freedom Network – a Europe wide network dedicated to combating the human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Aware of concerns about traffickers preying upon displaced Ukrainians, leaflets from EFN are to be printed and made available to women in our shelters here in Krakow and in L’viv, Ukraine, and made available for broader distribution.
Unfortunately, two women, one with a 16 year old daughter, that we were assisting to find placement in Europe after leaving Ukraine were approached. A person with words that seemed too good to be true offered to them a helping hand – a place to live and job in the Netherlands. Even though they were offered counsel that this was a probable ruse of a trafficker, they went to the Netherlands.
Concerned for their safety, Beth continued to research the information about the ‘job’ opportunity in the Netherlands. After pulling in EFN contacts in the northern part of the Netherlands where the Ukrainians went, concerns continue. EFN contacts on site plan to go to the police if concerns are confirmed after their investigation. The address given for a job appeared to be bogus after investigation by EFN contacts.
We continue to be in contact with the two women in the Netherlands offering counsel and guidance to avoid becoming entrapped by traffickers. Please pray for them!