As Hundreds of Thousands of Ukrainian Women Flee, Searches for Ukrainian Prostitutes Increase by 600%
Escort Ireland, the country’s largest escort site, offers men the opportunity to live their lives “War-Inspired Fantasies” with newly arrived Ukrainian women, an OSCE researcher told an Irish NGO. Amid the influx of refugees from Ukraine, the researcher said internet searches for buying sex from these women had increased by up to 600%.
Since refugees began leaving Ukraine in late February, Escort Ireland has reported a 250% increase in searches for Ukrainian women, Valiant Richey, OSCE special representative and co-ordinator for combating human trafficking, said on Thursday. human beings, in an online conference.
In other countries, the increase in searches for prostitution services by Ukrainian women “up to 600%”, Richey told the conference, organized by Beyond Exploitation, an Irish NGO.
Richey claimed that Escort Ireland, the country’s main market for prostitution and other sexual services, offers customers the opportunity to live their lives “War-Inspired Fantasies” with Ukrainian women. However, it is unclear if the owners of the website are directly promoting this message or if individual escorts advertising on the site are displaying it.
“Since the beginning of the war, there has been a huge increase in demand, which will be a strong incentive for traffickers to recruit and exploit Ukrainian women on a large scale,” Richey told the online conference. “Meeting the demand today is the best anti-trafficking tool we have, to prevent the current humanitarian crisis from becoming a trafficking crisis.”
Richey said awareness campaigns and targeted social media ads could potentially reduce this demand, while other speakers at the conference said the government should make it clear to Ukrainian women how to report crimes and provide support. to those at risk of being trafficked.
More than 30,000 refugees arrived in Ireland from Ukraine on Wednesday, more than two-thirds of whom sought accommodation with the Irish state, the Irish Independent reported. If the arrivals continue, the government has admitted that “all accommodation types will be almost full” by the end of June.
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