View from above of workers picking apples.

The country’s location makes it a conduit for illegal activity.

Greece Confronts Human Trafficking

January 2014, Number 05.01

“Walking the streets of big cities in Greece, you can easily notice old, almost abandoned houses with red lights glowing from atop the doors. No one is standing out front and no name is written under the doorbell. Windows are always closed, and doors are half open. You cannot see what is going on inside but you can surely guess. On the next corner, a boy sits on the threshold of a block of flats. His face is dirty, his clothes are torn, and he isn’t wearing shoes. When he begs for a penny, he doesn’t look you in the eye. These examples occur in almost every big city in Greece. the only thing that varies is the intensity of the phenomena.

The situation in the Greek countryside is slightly different. Brothels and child beggars are not so conspicuous, but if you stroll by fields where crops are cultivated, you catch sight of dozens of men, women and sometimes children working there. They start at dawn, finish by sunset and rarely complain...”

Excerpt from Antonios Athanasopoulos, “Greece Confronts Human Trafficking,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 1, 2014: 16-19.

Lt. Antonios Athanasopoulos serves the Greek government in the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection. He specializes in the fields of public safety, human trafficking and prostitution. He also has worked with the Hellenic Police and Europol as a human trafficking expert. Lt. Anthanasopoulos is pursuing a master’s degree in forensic accounting from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom and is a 2011 graduate of the Marshall Center’s Advanced Security Studies program.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.