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An annual State Department report on human trafficking – published on World Refugee Day – highlights Greece as a transit country for women obliged to work in the sex trade and migrants subjected to forced labour on farms and construction sites

The US State Department has maintained Greece's position as a Tier 2 country in its latests human trafficking report, highlighting it as a transit destination for women and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.

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Human Trafficking Flourishes In Greece

Saturday, 22 June 2013 13:44

Greece remains a prime spot for human traffickers to move their cargo into the country and through it to reach other destinations for the people to be exploited into forced labor and as sex slaves, the U.S. State Department said in its annual report.

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By Mimi Chakarova, Special to CNN

For the past decade, photographer-filmmaker Mimi Chakarova has examined conflict, corruption and the sex trade.

Her film "The Price of Sex," a feature-length documentary made over seven years on trafficking and corruption, premiered in 2011. She was awarded the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York. It will air in the U.S. on The Documentary Channel on April 11 at 4.30p0.m. ET

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Five Greeks and two Romanian nationals were arrested on Monday after two farm workers from the eastern European country escaped slave-like conditions in western Greece and sought help at the Romanian Embassy in Athens, which in turn alerted the police.

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A panel of four experts on human trafficking fielded questions from nearly 100 interested community members during a recent fireside chat sponsored by Leadership Redding.

The 90-minute discussion took place Nov. 5 at the McConnell Foundation headquarters on Shasta View Drive in Redding.

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NIKOLAEVO, Bulgaria —

The mystery is solved -- but the future of the young girl known only as Maria is still uncertain.

DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma couple living in an impoverished village with their nine other children are the biological parents of the girl found in Greece with another Roma couple, authorities said Friday.

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's top court has ordered an urgent investigation into birth certificates issued across the country in the past six years after a blonde girl was found with a Roma couple who had falsely registered her as their own.

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The curious case of Maria

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 03:13

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:15 am

The curious case of MariaJustine Schnitzler, Guest | 0 comments

The Roma are a people often ridiculed and referenced in legend. Most people have little-to-no experience with these people beyond knowing them as gypsies or travelers.

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LARISSA, Greece - A Roma couple accused of abducting a mystery four-year-old girl dubbed the "blonde angel" by Greek media told a court on Monday that her biological mother willingly gave her to them as a baby because she could not look after her.

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police released photographs of a couple charged with abducting a girl and judicial authorities put the pair in pre-trial custody Monday as an international search for the child’s parents intensified.

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