Romanian human trafficking ring dismantled in Greece
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By Katerina Nikolas
Nov 20, 2012 - 22 hours ago in World
A Romanian human trafficking ring has been dismantled by Greek police. Ten Romanian citizens, including two minors, were released from squalid living conditions. They had been forced to work 12 hour days with no wages.
Greek police in Argolis, Athens, arrested four Romanians, two men and two women, and are searching for another Romanian and two Turks that were running an organized human trafficking ring. Those arrested held the identity cards of 31 Romanians, five passports, a shotgun and over €10,000.
The Star reported the traffickers lured their Romanian compatriots to Greece with the promise of agricultural work, promising they would receive free accommodation and wages of €25 per day. The Department for Combating Human Trafficking reported those trafficked received no wages and were housed in squalid conditions in a stable, for which each person was charged €50 per month.
According to Ta Nea the Greek operation to break the trafficking ring was instigated after reports of 41 Romanians being smuggled into Greece via a Turkish tourist bus appeared.
The 10 victims were in a bad physical and psychological condition. They are now under the protection of the Greek police and the Department of Organized Crime and Human Trafficking.
Gov.net reports Romania is a source of human trafficking "for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor."
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