Greek National Rapporteur Moskov’s message on EU Anti-Trafficking Day

Fighting the widespread belief that taking advantage of a cheap and flexible workers for dirty and dangerous jobs does not constitute a criminal act, especially during the pandemic, is important, Iraklis Moskof, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs national rapporteur and head of the Office for the Combatting of Human Trafficking notes.

On the occasion of the 14th EU Anti-Trafficking Day on October 18, Moskof said that the victim and the human trafficker are not the only ones complicit in a crime that violates the fundamental human right of freedom. As Moskov points out, “We are all contributing to this either indirectly, by pretending we don’t see it, or directly, by becoming the ‘demand’ for services or products that organized crime rushes to ‘offer’, making billions” in the process.

“This is why the European Commission’s main strategic goal is to obliterate the so-called culture of non-punishment, that is, the widely acceptable view that taking advantage of a cheap and flexible human resources for dirty and dangerous jobs does not constitute a criminal act,” the national rapporteur notes.

“Particularly in the current circumstances of the pandemic, vulnerable groups of people with the profile of a possible human trafficking victim must be protected,” he stresses.