Gender-segragated data on the issue of human trafficking in Greece by the General Secretariat for Gender Equality

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Athens, 24-4-2017             To: - EIGE.
Dear Colleagues,
Following our fruitful coperation,  I would like to inform you that in April 2017 the English version of the seventh e-bulletin of the Observatory of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality (GSGE) was publicized and it deals with the thematic area of violence against women:

More specifically, statistical data is presented for the following indicators:

a) number of victims of trafficking, by gender and nationalitythe index is calculated as the quotient of the number of men and women victims of trafficking to the total of victims of trafficking in Greece;

b) number of perpetrators of trafficking, by gender and nationalitythe index is calculated as the quotient of the number of men and women offenders for trafficking to all perpetrators of trafficking in Greece.The key findings of the e-bulletin follow:

1) in 2014, in a total of 64 victims, 16% of victims were men and 84% were women, according to data of the Greek Police

2) in 2015, in a total of 50 victims of trafficking, 34% of victims were male and 66% were women, according to data of the Greek Police

3) in a total of 125 trafficking perpetrators of the year 2014, 60% of offenders were male and 40% were women.The main objective of the perpetrators involved in human trafficking is still the sexual exploitation of the victims (30 out of 36 cases in the year 2014 and 26 out of 32 cases in the year 2015). Labor exploitation in the form of work and/or begging falls far, six cases in the year 2014 and 6 cases in the year 2015. In all cases the recruitment of the perpetrators is achieved by exploiting the dire economic situation and vulnerability of the victims.The fact of the decline of the numbers of victims and perpetrators of human trafficking in Greece is likely to be due to four main factors:- reduction of demand, which may be due both to the raise of information/awareness for non acceptance of services provided by trafficking victims and other purely financial reasons (reduction in the purchasing power of people living in Greece, due to economic conditions).

- degradation of criminal organizations and arrest of individual perpetrators by law enforcement authorities.

- training police in investigating human trafficking cases, for immediate and targeted actions on individual cases and systematic investigation for the degradation of criminal organizations.

- changes in the action mode of perpetrators.

I would also like to remind you that on page 40 at the 2015 Annual Report on Equality between Women and Men in the European Union (European Commission, March 2016, ) there has been a positive reference to Greece (for your convenience, the relevant text is copied in italics):
In Greece, the Secretariat-General for Gender Equality in the Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reconstruction is implementing a flagship project on ‘service organisation for the integration, monitoring and evaluation of gender equality policies in all aspects of public sector action’. The aim is to support the public administration and local authorities in the design, implementation and evaluation of policies with detailed data on equality issues.
The specialized website serves as a portal on useful data divided among the twelve priority areas of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA). The access is free and open to all Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations and Institutions, as well as to all citizens and individuals (for the time being, the working language is Greek only). In that way, everyone can have accurate statistical background whenever he/she designs, implements or evaluates policies on gender equality aiming at the advancement of the status of women and girls in Greece.
This project is being developed and up to now four e-bulletins have been circulated by the General Secretariat for Gender Equality (GSGE), i.e. the governmental organization in charge of equality between women and men in Greece. The e-bulletins take advantage of data derived from the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) as a follow-up of the activation of a Protocol of Cooperation between the General Secretariat for Gender Equality and ELSTAT, and they are also supported by lively graphs, diagrams and charts made solely by the employees of our organization.
In that way, the gaps are revealed and all stakeholders are invited to common action in favour of substantive equality between women and men in all aspects of public and private life.
The Greek side would be grateful if you informed your leadership and the officials of the competent administrative units accordingly.
Wishing you and all the members of your team the very best,    

   Yours sincerely,

Dimosthenis TREMOS -