Hundreds of Child Beggars in Streets of Athens and Thessaloniki



Children-on-the-StreetAt least 900 child-beggars of various nationalities wander in the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki , begging at traffic lights. This data, published exclusively by the newspaper “Eleftheros Typos” was being selected from May 2012 until June 2013 . The recording was made by the organisation for the social support of youth “ARSIS, ” through a program funded by the “Stavros Niarchos” institution. It reflects the problems of child-beggars in an eloquent way, addressing issues everyone knows, but does nothing about.

According to “ARSIS” there is a circuit  that acts in Greece, Albania, Romania and Bulgaria. They exploit children from Greece and other neighboring countries, who are forced to beg or clean car windshields. “As the organization has its headquarters in Thessaloniki it was easier for us to ” ferret out ” these children from all parts of the city, while in Athens we were targeting the central areas,”  says Valmpona Chistouna from ARSIS .

These children are infants, in their mother’s arms, but also teenagers up to 17 years old. The majority come from Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, and some from Greek Roma. Thessaloniki, that borders with Bulgaria, is the main passage into our country. In Athens quite a large percentage come from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Romania.

ARSIS in collaboration with the neighboring countries, is trying to identify these children. However, this is not always possible, especially in the cases of Bulgaria and Romania. In 2013, the death of a girl from Bulgaria in Thessaloniki, hit by a bus, caused difficulties for authorities who could not confirm her identity.

The organization “The Smile of the Child” within 2009-2012 has forwarded 97 complaints about child exploitation to prosecution authorities. At the same time, there were 166 interventions made for minors who were forced to beg, but the origin of these children have not been clarified.


2 COMMENTS

  1. Leftist extremists (including among some incompetent “human rights” NGOS) are chiefly to blame for human trafficking (not only in Greece but around the world).

    Had they strongly opposed illegal immigration (as opposed to framubg illegals as “immigrants” and “undocumented migrants”), it would have greatly reduced the market for human trafficking. (not to mention reduced incidents of racism since people wouldn’t feel their nation was being invaded by foreign nationalists hostile towards their existence)

  2. The Ministers and Gov’t are responsible for all this incredible Greek POVERTY!

    The 2 criminal gangs from PASOK & New Democracy Parties running this Government of Thieves, Liars & Crooks who created this BAILOUT MESS and all these problems today and it was PASOK & ND Parties who created Golden Dawn and the Far Left by their corrupt rule and mismanagement of Greece. (Akis
    Tzahadzopolous from PASOK is just one example of their corruption).

    1.) Why isn’t PASOK’s MP Venizelos in jail for hiding the Legarde List 2
    years in his home?

    2.) Why isn’t PASOK’s Finance MP Papconstantiou in jail for removing his
    relative’s names on the List?

    3.) What about PASOK & ND Parties still owing 250 million Euros to the
    Banks in phony loans they have not paid back yet?

    It seems to me the Gov’t and Press is using anything as a “distraction” to take attention away from the Massive Crimes these two corrupt Parties have committed as well as Treason against the whole Greek nation after 39 years of corrupt rule– They should all be jailed for life!