Human Trafficking Flourishes In Greece



traffickedGreece remains a prime spot for human traffickers to move their cargo into the country and through it to reach other destinations for the people to be exploited into forced labor and as sex slaves, the U.S. State Department said in its annual report.

“Women from Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Georgia, Nigeria, and some countries in Asia are subjected to sex trafficking in Greece,” the report stated.

It added: “Victims are subjected to debt bondage in agriculture and construction. Hundreds of children, mainly Roma from Albania and Romania, are subjected to forced labor in Greece and made to sell goods on the street, beg, or commit petty theft.”

Officially, Greece was designated a Tier 2 country, one where a government is not fully compliant with the minimum protection of victims and in which the number of victims of severe abuse is significantly increasing.

The annual State Department’s report – published on June 20 to mark World Refugee Day – describes how children from Romania are brought to Greece and forced to work, and how Roma from Bulgaria are increasingly lured on the promise of employment and subjected to forced begging, with children being subjected to forced petty theft, according to EnetEnglish.

Nigerian women are reportedly transported through the Aegean islands and over the Turkish border into Evros, in northeastern Greece, and instructed to file for asylum as Somalis.

They are subjected to sex trafficking in Athens and other major cities, the report says, with traffickers using voodoo curses, spiritual traditions, and threats against family to coerce Nigerian women into exploitation.

Traffickers transport victims through Greece for forced labor and sex trafficking in Italy and other EU countries, the report added, noting that a small group of Greeks are also victims of trafficking within the country.

But the report did stress that the Greek government is making “significant efforts” to combat the problem. “The government identified a greater number of trafficking victims during the reporting period, compared to the previous year,” it said. “Few trafficking victims were certified for victim assistance, despite a progressive statutory scheme.”

It went on: “The government investigated many trafficking cases and imposed serious prison sentences for some of the 19 trafficking offenders convicted in Greece during the reporting period. Unresolved cases of complicity remained a challenge.”

It pointed out that government funding for anti-trafficking NGOs stopped because of the country’s crushing economic crisis with services proving inconsistent and some smaller trafficking shelters struggling to remain open.

It added that the country’s judiciary continued to suffer from structural and legal inefficiencies that resulted in low conviction rates. “However, the Ministry of Health’s National Centre for Social Solidarity (EKKA) operated non-trafficking-specific shelters for 80 persons (including minors) and in cooperation with NGOs had access to another 120 beds,” it said.


10 COMMENTS

  1. Only a future Golden Dawn government will properly seal Greece’s borders against illegal immigration, and rapidly round up and deport all illegal immigrants residing in Greece.
    Golden Dawn will also institute the death penalty for those convicted of rape. Ofcourse members of mafias who are involved in sex trafficking will be given the death penalty as they are in effect forcing a “mass rape” of their victims.

  2. Only a “Military Coup” will save Greece from disaster…No political party can bring back Greece from the deep end…A “Military Coup” is the answer to put the country back in track…A “Military Coup” is the answer to Greece…

  3. As tragic as that sounds, it seems to be the only way unfortunately. *sigh*
    The same old, same old party politicking just doesnt seem to work anymore. I wish i can be avoided but it can’t. Exit from the euro is a must also. The only problem is will the ‘powers’ that be allow it?

  4. No platform for fascists/racists. Greece is the birthplace of democracy but at the same time is the birthplace of tyrany as well. Loads of ppl died/tortured/jailed/exiled in the hands of misanthropists that backed authoriatarian regimes & dictatorships like the military junta of 21April and parties like goldendawn that are just the expression of a continunity of fascism in Greece for many decades now. Fascism was not born yesterday in the country and so as well its support/supporters. Crash fascism and fascists anywhere you find them! For a secular democratic masterless & borderless world

  5. Hellas is in dire economic straits and yet is being invaded by 100000 uninvited persons a year. Europe sits back and verbally abuses the nation for not looking after them while doing NOTHING to help the Hellenic nation. Worse, their opposition to Hellas building border fences is absurd given that Europe sais nothing to Israel for their mega wall. Ellada cannot cope with all the uninvited and Europe could not give a damn.

  6. A “Military Coup” is the only way to save the country from our corrupt politicians and their parasites…This is the only way to save the country…

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