Introduction

With an estimate of 17,000 women working the sex trade in Greece in 2015 [Independent News 2015], the numbers have soared since the increase of refugees and migrant workers entering Greece as a result of international conflicts. It is not only a ‘foreigners’ trade’: one source suggested 40,000 women and children were trafficked to Greece annually from 2010 onwards. Impoverished Greek women who lost everything in the national economic collapse of 2008 saw no other way to make ends meet than become sex workers. Ekathimerini news website quotes a Greek police report for 2017 stating criminal gangs made 100 million Euros in illegal activity, with human trafficking being the biggest share of that figure. Debt bondage has also increased with ‘survival sex’, particularly affecting Afghani migrant children [Trafficking in Persons Report 2018 GREECE: Tier 2]. This ever-rising trend world-wide makes sobering reading.

Hope for Hope in Greece – story

Rosie (UK) came to Greece with the deliberate intention of working with women on the street.  God had developed her heart for this ministry in Switzerland, despite her fears of being too young at 19 to be useful.  Since then, she has seen God’s hand at work through her.  Looking back on those eight and a half years, Rosie reflects: “I was super blessed to be able to see God working in all those years doing outreach, and some of the women whom I first knew on the street are now personal friends.”

 

Hope* had been brought to Greece from her country when she was very young and forced to enter the sex trade.  After meeting Rosie and her team, and talking with her, Hope became convinced it was the wrong way to live and wanted to leave it.  However, it was not so simple.

Hope had come to Greece without official identifying papers, so all the work she was able to find was illegal and badly paid.  Hope ended up working in hotels and kitchens in the tourist season for low wages, trying to avoid employers who assumed they had a right to other 'services' from their pretty dishwashing girl.

Although Hope persevered and did manage to get work outside the sex trade, it has marked her psychologically.  Even now, a couple of years later, Hope struggles to trust anyone, and prefers jobs where she does not have to be part of a group. She expects to be treated badly. Rosie and her team have talked about forgiveness, but it doesn't make sense to her in her own life.  Whilst Hope does believe in God, she has yet to personally experience grace for herself and understand what it could mean for her.

“God has become a reality in Hope’s life,” said Rosie. “But there are many, many more women still working in the brothels and on the streets of Greece.  They have the same right to know and learn to trust the God who saves and protects for themselves, and to learn to value themselves as precious.” 

God’s dream of establishing a non-profit making company through Rosie and her team would provide a healthy working alternative to those women at risk in Greece.                  

*Name changed to protect identity      

      

** See www.ekneou.org/ for further information about Rosie’s non-profit making company, Εκ Νέου

 

Additional Sources:

Ekathimerini News www.ekathimerini.com/227657/article/ekathimerini/news/greece-a-hub-for-drug-and-human-trafficking-police-report-shows           Accessed 19.12.2019.

 

Independent Newspaper (2015) www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/young-women-selling-sex-for-the-price-of-a-sandwich-in-greece-a6751061.html              

 

Trafficking in Persons Report 2018 GREECE: Tier 2 www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjgoK-l1MLmAhUJYsAKHWmUCgUQFjAKegQICRAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgr.usembassy.gov%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F206%2FTIP2018_Greece.pdf&usg=AOvVaw2_KuZC8VsfR-bGlw-FJDUa   Accessed 19.12.2019.

Share this Resource

Leave a Reply

You might also like:

Refugee Project (C) Greece    Go & Visit    18 July 2022 - 12 August 2022The purpose of this outreach is to help refugees in and around Athens meet their practical needs and to offer emotional and spiritual support.
Full Details
Hospitality Manager Greece    Go & Live    As soon as possibleWanted: a person with management skills and a gift for making people welcome!  We have an apartment for the use of short-term workers and visiting teams, and we also have to oversee additional accomodation at times (e.g renting airbnbs that are suitable for purpose). Visitors need to be welcomed, shown around and helped during their stay.
This will be a part time or fulltime position

Full Details
Team Members Greece    Go & Live    As soon as possibleSince our beginnings, we have been driven by a deep conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to hear the gospel at least once. Sadly, there are still thousands of peoples and communities that have never heard about Jesus, ever. Do you share our passion for these people to hear of His fame and renown? Come. Join one of our teams and be amazed at how God is working in lives and communities around the world, and be amazed at how He works in your life, as well. We are looking for you, and many more like you, to join us on this journey to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers established among the least reached all over the world.
Full Details
Journalist Greece    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAs a journalist with OM, you would serve OM offices around the world by writing stories for the purposes of advocacy, recruiting, financial development, education, awareness and prayer. The position involves producing insightful and engaging content of ministry, culture and people that will be used in print and online publications. The writer will accurately and creatively document how God is working through OM, while encouraging audience engagement with OM through praying for, giving to, or joining missions. OM journalists share stories of God’s work through OM that align with OM’s writing guidelines in a culturally sensitive way. Additionally, participation in local ministry and team life may also be aspects of your role.
Full Details
Refugee Project (D) Greece    Go & Visit    3 October 2022 - 28 October 2022The purpose of this outreach is to help refugees in and around Athens meet their practical needs and to offer emotional and spiritual support.
Full Details
Project Manager – Refugees Greece    Go & Live    As soon as possibleManage the project to support and bless refugees in the Athens area!
Full Details
IT Manager Greece    Go & Live    As soon as possibleUse your IT skills to help keep OM Greece running effectively!
Full Details