Why this story matters:
In September 12, 2013, a 28-year-old Moldovan woman testified to the Department for Combating Organized Crime and Trafficking that in 2012 the members of a transnational criminal organization involved in the sexual exploitation of foreign women took advantage of her and tricked her into entering Greece illegally.
They put her in a house and told her that she must pay them back the 4,000 euros they claimed to have spent in order to bring her to Greece.
They gave her a false Romanian ID card and transferred her successively to two small towns, Argos and Kavala, where she was forced to work as a prostitute in brothels kept by the members of the criminal organization. They took all the money she made.
She was kept captive for five months, until she finally managed to escape.
After a coordinated police operation in Athens and Argos, three members of the criminal organization were arrested, one of whom was even facing a European arrest warrant by the Romanian authorities, with accusations of criminal organization, trafficking, exploitation of minors, pornography of minors and money laundering.
According to the Moldovan police authorities who are asking for her extradition, the woman was a member of the human trafficking organization.
The young woman answered all the questions posed by the President of the Supreme Court in Greece, and described the nightmare she experienced at the hands of her captors but did not manage to persuade the court.
Her fate is now in the hands of the Greek Minister of Justice.
UPD: The Greek Minister of Justice canceled her extradition and also ordered her immediate release
Details from the story:
- With her assistance, the Greek police authorities managed to dismantle the criminal organization.
- According to a police officer's testimony, the organization recruited women with the promise of working as home helpers and then pushed them in prostitution.
- The Supreme Court has not taken into account the recently passed laws, describing how the victims of sexual, racist violence, etc. are protected. Criminal proceedings cannot be brought if a victim is involved in a case and has helped convict those responsible.
- The young woman was working in the fields and was trying to make her own way in Greece.