Few arrests, even fewer convictions

Public Order Ministry statistics show that 774 people were arrested for human trafficking in 2003-2005, of whom 65 percent were Greek. In the same period 421 charges were laid and 216 cases went to court. Those trials yielded 211 decisions, with 205 convictions recorded concerning 284 of the 327 people brought to trial. If the number of arrests is small given the size of the problem, the number of convictions is disappointingly low. Experts say that both the judiciary and the police need more information and training on the subject of people trafficking. Lawyer Eleni Glegle notes that Law 3064/2002 designates as victims of trafficking those who have been forced to work as prostitutes against their will.

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