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“Development in modern technology open an array of opportunities for criminals, including human traffickers, to conduct their activities with high speed and often through anonymity,” said Vaidotas Verba, OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, reads the report.

“This innovative training course, which is in the pilot phase, will help police to identify and investigate human trafficking crimes that the involve use of ICTs,” said the OSCE official.

The course introduced the participants to the specifics of IT-facilitated human trafficking and familiarized them with the most widespread technologies used by criminals at each stage, including the recruitment, transfer and exploitation of victims, and also money transfers.

Vitalii Hlukhoveria, Head of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s Department on Combating Crimes Related to Human Trafficking, said: “Human traffickers are actively using mobile phones, tablets, Internet access and other means to not only to communicate with each other but also to recruit their victims, advertise and later sell their services. Nowadays, technologies often contain the most important evidence of a crime and to effectively address such crimes it is essential for every police officer to possess the respective expertise and skills.”

Read alsoAnti-Corruption Bureau launches training of detectivesThe training course, which was organized at the request of Interior Ministry, is based on a syllabus developed by international and national experts in co-operation with acting police officers from the respective departments of the Interior Ministry.

Read alsoU.S. SWAT coaches to train Ukrainian instructors from Oct 5It is part of a project by the Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine on enhancing the prosecution of IT-facilitated human trafficking crimes in Ukraine, which is being implemented with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).