Women who left Ukraine for Europe because of the war risk facing a wave of “sexualized violence”.
In Europe, there has been a surge of interest in pornographic material depicting alleged Ukrainian refugees. Its growing threat is indicated in a study by Thomson Reuters, conducted together with the OSCE. On Sunday, March 26, The Guardian wrote.
So, researchers analyzed global search traffic for the period from February 24, 2022 and noted an increase in online interest in pornography involving alleged Ukrainian refugees.
This, according to researchers, means that Ukrainian women and children who have traveled abroad face an increased risk of becoming victims of both sex trafficking organizers in European countries and online producers who pornography.
“Over the past six months, the number of views of pornographic videos allegedly depicting Ukrainian refugees has increased dramatically. In particular, 13 videos allegedly depicting Ukrainian refugees has garnered 275,000 views,” the researchers said in a report.
The document says that in search queries, the words “Ukrainian porn” (Ukrainian porn) since the beginning of the mass invasion of Russia have become more common than before February 24, 2022.
Experts believe that the increase in interest in “Ukrainian porn” may result in an increase in the number of cases of cyber voyeurism – a new type of crime – video surveillance caused by the addiction to spying on strangers in intimates moments.
“The high demand from men for sexual access to Ukrainian girls and women creates a huge incentive for traffickers to recruit vulnerable people to meet this demand and profit from it, ” said OSCE Special Representative Valiant Ritchie.
He claims that researchers have identified cases where Ukrainian refugees were offered jobs in the “sex industry” in chat rooms. The researchers also noted that the amount of online advertising of sex services purportedly provided by Ukrainian women has grown.
We remind you, the first lady of Ukraine Elena Zelenskaya spoke about what it means to be Ukrainian today.
It was previously reported that Victoria Yazmin, who represented Hungary in the Miss Universe 2021 beauty pageant, came to North Macedonia to work as a model, but almost fell into slavery.
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