The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation (MIA) is engaged in ongoing and consistent efforts to identify criminals engaged in human trafficking, inciting prostitution and organising these criminal activities in the Internet. In 2017-2018 the MIA successfully suppressed the organised crime group which during the period of five years was engaged in crimes involving sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, recruitment, transportation and harbouring of persons for the purpose of trafficking across the border of the Russian Federation to territory of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Criminal proceedings were instituted pursuant to the following articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: 127.1 Trafficking in Human Beings, 240 Inducing to Prostitution, 241 Organisation of Prostitution and 325 Theft or Damage of Documents, Stamps, and Seals or the Stealing of Excise Tax Marks, Special Marks or Marks of Conformance. Six members of this group were prosecuted.
In addition, according to the departmental statistics report issued by the MIA of Russia, in 2018 24 crimes were recorded under article 127.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia, 18 of them were solved, including two criminal offences committed by organized criminal groups or associations. 27 persons were prosecuted for committing crimes related to the above-mentioned criminal activities.
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