(Kyiv) Ukraine’s human rights commissioner on Thursday accused Russia of abducting children from his country to fuel sex trafficking.
“Accounts (on the application) Telegram reveal that the Russians kidnap Ukrainian children and make sex videos with them,” said the human rights commissioner of the Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Lubinets, in a message on Telegram.
“For example, they are offering a Ukrainian boy for 250,000 rubles (more than C$4,650), he added, assuring that it was an orphan.
Mr. Lubinets published the excerpt from an exchange on Telegram between two people discussing the involvement of a young boy in the filming of a child pornography film.
“He is from Ukraine, from an orphanage, he has no parents,” writes one of the people. “We bring in children for this type of work. It’s not the first we’ve brought in.”
Mr. Lubinets did not specify how he had obtained this exchange. He called on the Ukrainian police and judiciary to take “appropriate measures to find and punish the culprits. »
“The Russian Federation insidiously kidnaps, kills, deports and rapes our children,” he added. “How is this possible in today’s world? »
Crimes against children, including sexual abuse, are quite common in Russia.
Ukraine accuses Russian forces of having abducted thousands of children, including orphans, into territories controlled by Moscow.
In September, United Nations investigators accused Moscow of “large-scale” war crimes in Ukraine, including torture and sexual violence.