Prostituted women are ‘invisible,’ EU official says

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The lure of a supposedly well-paid job and a decent life is frequently the perfect snare for thousands of women held in the clutches of human trafficking rings, from which only a small proportion will escape.

The recent dismantling of the trafficking ring that forced women from Venezuela into prostitution in Greece is indicative of the scale and complexity of the phenomenon, the early stages of which take place online.

"Since the coronavirus, the women who were being prostituted have become even more invisible as they have left the streets; this is what I am told by those working in the field across Europe," Diane Schmitt, the European Union's anti-trafficking action coordinator, told Kathimerini.

"The recent arrest of the traffickers from Latin America is the result of international cooperation," said the European official, who was in Athens for a series of...

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