This past week Greek Police busted a human smuggling ring that smuggled several hundred women coming from Eastern Europe over the past several months, forcing them to prostitution.
Greek policemen also arrested four of their colleagues, suspected of having smuggled women, who were forced to sell their bodies in Athens' night clubs, Western agencies reported.
This is the biggest case of human trafficking in Greece in the past 15 years, a police source said, speaking under condition of anonymity. The same source specified that a retired police officer was among the arrested.
Those five officers controlled the human trafficking ring.
The fight against human trafficking is a battle enough without our law enforcement officials enabling the atrocity. We must ask our representatives to ensure that thorough investigations will be conducted when any officer/member is linked to aiding human trafficking and that those who are found guilty will be subject to the maximum punishments under the law.
The average convicted trafficker will only spend approximately 10 years in jail and a maximum of 20. This is clearly not the appropriate punishment for rape, sodomy, kidnapping, forced slavery, etc., especially for those who were in position of authority and could have put an end to even one woman or child's victimization.
Please ask that stronger, tougher punishments are given to those who take part in human trafficking, especially those who we have entrusted to save those currently suffering and yet, either choose to look the other way or profit from the victims' torment.
I ask that when anyone is convicted of human trafficking crimes that they be sentenced to the maximum penalty under the law. Further, I ask that when it is found that any member of our government, even the local police officer is involved in aiding those who violate these innocent and tortured victims. Currently, the maximum average sentence for traffickers is 10 to 20 years, which is far from just when you consider all of the crimes that these victims endure daily.
When law enforcement works as a liaison rather than an abolitionist in this cause a circle of failure results. When positive efforts are accomplished they are negated by those we trust in a way that is indomitably damaging to this contention. Please support an increase in sentences issued to those convicted of trafficking, and even harsher punishments to those law enforcement members who violate the trust of its citizens and the United States foundation of freedom.