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Russians bust up suspected disabled people trafficking ring

July 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, July 30 (UPI) -- Police in Russia have arrested two Ukrainians allegedly involved in a human trafficking ring that brings disabled people into the country to be beggars.

A Ukrainian man was arrested trying to walk across the border to Russia July 11 with a one-armed man in tow officials suspect may have fallen victim to the scheme. Another woman was also arrested trying to cross the border, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.

Human trafficking and bondage has plagued the Ukraine with a recent International Organization for Migration report ranking the nation as having the world's worst track record on the issues. The study was based on the number of human trafficking victims in a given country who sought relief.

Russian officials said the two suspects are only being charged with making illegal border crossings for now but pledged the human trafficking investigation is ongoing.

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