Sasha, 17, hides her face under the brim of her baseball cap as she recounts how a lack of food and clothing in her boarding school three years ago forced her to turn to prostitution. She is one of many young women from the former shipbuilding hub and now depressed southern Ukrainian city of Mykolayiv who at a young age felt forced to provide sex for money or services. She left and never came back," said Sasha, who declined to give her surname. Her grandmother was left to take care of her and her stepsister, but she could not handle the pressure. So the social services took the girl first to an orphanage, and then when she was six years old she went to a boarding school. Sasha says that starting at the age of 14 she periodically ran away from the boarding school, a tough institution that houses orphans and problem children.
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Sex tourism in Ukraine
Ukraine is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking. Ukrainian women and children are subjected to sex trafficking within the country. A small number of foreign nationals, including those from Moldova, Russia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Cameroon, and Azerbaijan, were subjected to forced labour in Ukraine in a variety of sectors including construction, agriculture, manufacturing, domestic work, the lumber industry, nursing, and street begging.
The survey, conducted among school-aged children in all regions of Ukraine, shows that some 25 per cent of year olds drank alcohol before the age of Some 40 per cent of children aged also drank alcohol. The age at which children start to consume alcohol and to smoke is decreasing while the number of girls involved is increasing.